Pronouncing Norfolk Placenames

In Norfolk certain placenames are pronounced differently to the way they are spelled. The A-Z list below – taken from A Glossary of Dialectal Place-Nomenclature by Robert Charles Hope, 1883 – gives many examples of Norfolk placenames at variance with their spelling. ‘Rum Ol Nearmes’ is a poem about some of them…

Acle Aycle
Aldborough Orlbur
Ashill Ash-ul
Ashmanhaugh Ashmun’oe
Aslacton Asletun/Aslacton
Aylsham Elsham/Elsum
Acle Aycle
Aldborough Orlbur
Ashill Ash-ul
Ashmanhaugh Ashmun’oe
Aslacton Asletun
Aylsham Elsham/Elsum

Barsham Bashum
Barwick Barrick
Bashingham Bazyngame
Bastwick Barstwick
Bawburgh Babur/Borber
Bawderswell* Ba(o)rdsell
Beeston Beesun
Bergh Apton Burgapton
Billingford Bellinfor
Bircham Barchm
Bixton Bixn
Brandon Brand
Breasingham* Bressengen
Brockdish Bro(r)dish
Buckenham Bucknum
Bunwell Bun-ell
Burgh Burrer
Bylaugh Bee-lõ
Barsham Bashum
Barwick Barrick
Bashingham Bazyngame
Bastwick Barstwick
Bawburgh Babur/Borber
Bawderswell* Ba(o)rdsell
Beeston Beesun
Bergh Apton Burgapton
Billingford Bellinfor
Bircham Barchm
Bixton Bixn
Brandon Brand
Breasingham* Bressengen
Brockdish Bro(r)dish
Buckenham Bucknum
Bunwell Bun-ell
Burgh Burrer
Bylaugh Bee-lõ

Caldecote Corket
Carsington Carsun
Cawston Carsun
Chedgrave Chedgruv
Cley-next-the-sea Clay
Cockley Cley Cockley Cly
Colkirk Coal-kirk
Colney Cõ-ney
Coltishall Cõlesil/Cõltsul
Colveston Colstun
Corpusty Corp’sty
Costessey Cossy
Cranwich Cranice
Cranworth Cranner
Cressingham Cressenjim
Crostwick Crossick
Croswight* Cosset
Caldecote Corket
Carsington Carsun
Cawston Carsun
Chedgrave Chedgruv
Cley-next-the-sea Clay
Cockley Cley Cockley Cly
Colkirk Coal-kirk
Colney Cõ-ney
Coltishall Cõlesil/Cõltsul
Colveston Colstun
Corpusty Corp’sty/
Costessey Cossy
Cranwich Cranice
Cranworth Cranner
Cressingham Cressenjim
Crostwick Crossick
Croswight* Cosset

Deopham Deepum
Dereham Dareum
Docking Dockun
Deopham Deepum
Dereham Dareum
Docking Dockun

Earsham Arshun
Easton Eas-un
Elsing Elzun
Erpingham Arpyngam
Earsham Arshun
Erpingham Arpyngam
Easton Eas-un
Elsing Elzun

Fersfield Farsfield
Foulden Fouden
Foulsham Foul-sum
Fransham Fransum
Fulmodeston Full-mes-tun
Fersfield Farsfield
Foulden Fouden
Foulsham Foul-sum
Fransham Fransum
Fulmodeston Full-mes-tun

Garboldisham Garblesum
Gayton Gyton
Gestwick* Gestick
Gimmingham Gimm’num
Glandford Glanfer
Goodnestone* Goodsun
Gressenhall Greslin/Gresnel
Grimston Grimsun
Grundisbury* Grunsbro’
Garboldisham Garblesum
Gayton Gyton
Gestwick* Gestick
Gimmingham Gimm’num
Glandford Glanfer
Goodnestone* Goodsun
Gressenhall Greslin/Gresnel
Grimston Grimsun
Grundisbury* Grunsbro’

Haddiscoe Hadsco(ker)
Halesworth Harsler
Hanworth Hanner
Happisburgh Hazebro
Hardingham Hardingam
Hardwick Haddick
Hautbois Hobbies
Haveringland Haverland
Haynford Hanfer
Hayham* Harfum
Heigham Hayum
Helhoughton Hellot’n
Hellesden* Helsdun
Hickling Hicklun
Hindolveston Hilvestun
Hoe How
Holme Holl’m
Halm Hall* Home Hall
Horsham St Faith Horsham St Fays
Houghton Hoeton
Hunstanton Hunston
Haddiscoe Hadsco(ker)
Halesworth Harsler
Hanworth Hanner
Happisburgh Hazebro
Hardingham Hardingam
Hardwick Haddick
Hautbois Hobbies
Haveringland Haverland
Haynford Hanfer
Hayham* Harfum
Heigham Hayum
Helhoughton Hellot’n
Hellesden* Helsdun
Hickling Hicklun
Hindolveston Hilvestun
Hoe How
Holme Holl’m
Halm Hall* Home Hall
Horsham St Faith Horsham St Fays
Houghton Hoeton
Hunstanton Hunston

Kenninghall Kennyle
Keswick Kessick
Knapton Napt’n
Kenninghall Kennyle
Keswick Kessick
Knapton Napt’n

Lammas Lammus
Langford Langfer
Leizate* Ledjet
Letheringsett Larnsett
Lammas Lammus
Letheringsett Larnsett
Langford Langfer
Leizate* Ledjet

Marlingford Marlf’d
Martham Marthan
Matishall* Matsel
Mautby Morby
Merton Marton
Methwold Methuld
Mundesley Munzly
Mundford Munfer
Marlingford Marlf’d
Mautby Morby
Mundesley Munzly
Martham Marthan
Merton Marton
Mundford Munfer
Matishall* Matsel
Methwold Methuld

Neatishead Neatshead
Necton Nayton
Norton Belleau* Blo’Nortun
Norwich Norridge
Neatishead Neatshead
Norwich Norridge
Necton Nayton
Norton Belleau* Blo’Nortun

O

Oulton Oletun
Ovington Overton
Oulton Oletun
Ovington Overton

Paston Parson
Pettaugh Petter
Pickenham Picknum
Postwick Pozzick
Potter Heigham Potta Heyum
Paston Parson
Postwick Possick
Pettaugh Petter
Potter Heigham Potta Heyum
Pickenham Picknum

Ranworth Ranner
Raveningham Ranningham
Reepham Reefun
Roughton Rowton
Runhall Runall
Rushall Roosh’ll
Ranworth Ranner
Roughton Rowton
Raveningham Ranningham
Runhall Runall
Reepham Reefun
Rushall Roosh’ll

Salhouse Sallus/Sallers
Salle Saul
Scottow Scotter
Scoulton Skowton
Shipdham Shipd’m
Shottesham* Shottsum
Sidestrand Sidestroud
Sisland Sizeland
Skeyton Skyt’n
Snettisham Snettsum
Sprowston Spro’stun
Stanhoe Stanner
Stifkey* Stewkey
Stody Study
Swardeston Sword-stun
Salhouse Sallus/Sallers
Scoulton Skowton
Sidestrand Sidestroud
Snettisham Snettsum
Stody Study
Salle Saul
Shipdham Shipd’m
Sisland Sizeland
Sprowston Spro’stun
Swardeston Swordstun
Scottow Scotter
Shottesham* Shottsum
Skeyton Skyt’n
Stifkey* Stewkey

Tacolneston Tacklestone
Tasbro’* Tazebro’
Taverham Tabberham
Thrigby Trigby
Thwaite Twaite
Threxton Trexun
Titteshall* Tittsal
Tivetshall Tivutsul/Titsorl
Tacolneston Tacklestone
Thrigby Trigby
Titteshall* Tittsal
Tasbro’* Tazebro’
Thwaite Twaite
Tivetshall Tivutsul/Titsorl
Taverham Tabberham
Threxton Trexun

Walsingham Wolls’num
Westwick Westick
Woodbastwick Woodbastic
Worsted Woosted
Wortwell Wottel
Wymondham Windum
Walsingham Wolls’num
Worsted Woosted
Westwick Westick
Wortwell Wottel
Woodbastwick Woodbastic
Wymondham Windum

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