May 28, 2012

The Longest Town Name In Britain

Welsh is not an easy tongue to pronounce for most but the 58 letter long town name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch would take even a phonetics expert to Olympic levels. Located on the island of Anglesey in North Wales this Celtic tongue twister is also one of the longest place names in the world.

In English the name means: St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio with a red cave.

The village is also called Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and was given its longer name in the 1860s to snare the honor of having the longest train station name in Britain.  Today tourists flock here to have their photo taken in front of the sign.

Go on, try and say it in Welsh. I dare you.

May 12, 2012

The Ugly House, North Wales

Situated in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales The Ugly House, or Ty Hyll in Welsh, appears to unfairly labeled.

Legend has it that its origins date from the 1500s when two outlaw brothers homesteaded the land. At the time the law allowed that if between sunset and sunrise you could build four walls and have smoke coming out of the chimney the building was yours. A property line was defined by standing at each corner of the house and throwing an axe as far as you could.

It’s unclear why it was named The Ugly House. One account maintains the home was named for the less than attractive outlaws, who used it as a hideout.

The last private owner moved out in the 1960s. The cottage lay derelict until the late 1980s when the Snowdonia Society bought it. It is open to the public during the peak summer season.

What do you think? Is this house ugly?