I was wondering whether anyone knew why station such as Goring-By-Sea are called that? Its over 2 miles from the sea?
Even weirder is Durrington-On-Sea! Why? its not on the sea, its not even near the sea!
Can anyone help?
Its not just railways that get place names changed. CranLEIGH was CranLEY before the local Postmaster got it changed to avoid all the misdirected letters due to the problems distinguishing between N and W in people with poor handwriting. Stuff for CraNley was ending up in CraWley and vice-versa.
Change at High Wycombe and West Ruislip!
That cannot be true as OS was formed in 1791 and literary evidence proves the dispute between the 'o' and 'a' spellings was around in the early 1700s.I was once told that Dorking used to be Darking until the Ordnance Survey misspelt it on the map, but I've never been able to corroborate that one, so may have been the victim of a wind-up.
There have been more stations called Newport on the UK railway system than any other name.