We all know Torquay, Exeter and Ilfracombe, but what about these towns and villages in Devon? We’ve compiled a list of five of the weirdest place names you can find in Devon – have you been to any of these places?
Black Dog is a small village in the Mid Devon region. Aside from having an unusual name (as far as we are aware, there are no prominent black dogs in the village community), it is also on one of the highest ridges of land between Dartmoor and Exmoor. It has an altitude of 656 feet! Fancy looking out for it on your travels? It is west of Tiverton and north of Crediton so keep an eye out if you’re travelling around that area.
You’ll find this hamlet near Oakhampton. Apparently, it was originally listed in the Domesday Book as Wica, which then became Wyke and then Wyke Germyn. It wasn’t founded by German travellers as far as we’re aware, in fact, Wic is the old English version of the Latin word Vicus which means village and the German part of the name comes from the dedication of the church to St Germanus of Auxerre.
While the phrase No Man’s Land is most commonly associated with the space between trenches during the world wars, the hamlet of Nomansland got its name because it was at one time a remote extra parochial area where the parishes of Witherbridge, Thelbridge and Cruwys Morchard (that one narrowly missed out on this list) meet. It is no longer extra parochial, but the name stuck. It’s located about 8 miles outside of Tiverton.
It might sound like a name that you’d find in an epic fantasy novel, but it is actually a village in the north of the Plymouth area of Devon.
Apparently it is named because there were a lot of toads found there. There are some historical facts we can verify about this hamlet in North Devon, like the fact that it was a leper colony during the Middle Ages.
These are just a selection of some of the weird place names you can find while travelling around Devon. If you’ve spotted an unusual place name, make sure to let us know by getting in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook or even sending us a photo of the sign post on Instagram.