Britain has a history common to many islands: it is one of repeated invasion, occupation and assimilation. Each phase of this history has left its mark on our culture, architecture, language and place names. A rich mix of Celtic, Norse, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, French and Latin have made the English language a gift to poets and writers. However, the nuances and double meanings so favoured by creative writers have also led to a number of very rude place names. Rude Britain is a compilation of 100 of the best and rudest place names, each one photographed and explained by authors Rob Bailey and Ed Hurst. From streets such as Fanny Avenue, Willey Lane, Titty Ho and Asshouse Lane to a village called Cocks; Great Britain throws up a wealth of odd names that have somehow been overlooked by the nation. Until now.
About the Author
Rob Bailey spent his formative years in the village of Cumnor, Oxfordshire, where the family home rested peacefully upon the hill known as Tumbledown Dick. He lives in Surbiton with a small family of guitars. Ed Hurst, in common with Isaac Newton, was born in the Lincolnshire town of Grantham. His blend of pompous, puerile verbosity has helped him to establish himself as a company director and management consultant. Rob and Ed are both well respected scatological-geographical-etymologists, with a specialism in UK names.