Welcome to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoc, the Town with the Longest Name in Europe


Its name can be squeezed onto a tea towel, an ornamental plate, a magnet, a mug, and other touristic mementos, however has the northern Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoc been commemorated in tune?

Indeed it has The Great Big Story s Human Condition episode, above, has vinyl evidence, though the tune s not likely to provide The White Cliffs of Dover, The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, or The Rocky Road To Dublin much of a run for the cash.

Still, whichever outside-the-box Victorian thinker had the intense concept to draw in travelers by broadening the town s initial name Pwllgwyngyll by 46 letters was onto something.

Turns out you wear t requirement natural marvels or world-renowned cultural destinations to stake a claim, when out-of-towners will make the journey simply to take pictures of the regional signs.


Image by Adraio, via Wikimedia Commons

Village Community Council Chairman Alun Mummery associates the name-lengthening promotion stunt in 1869 to a regional cobbler.

Or possibly he was a tailor. That s what poet John Morris-Jones, author of 1913 s A Welsh Grammar, Historical and Comparative, preserved, while declining to outright recognize this smart civic booster.

Wikipedia tosses doubt on these origin stories by pointing out an entry in an ecclesiastical directory site released a couple of years prior to 1869, which offered the complete parish name as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerbwlltysiliogogo.

( Close enough!)

Someone in the traveler info workplacetold travel author Dave Fox that it equates to St. Mary s Church in the hollow of white hazel near a fast whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cavern.

It s appealing to believe this little Welsh town has the longest name worldwide, however that honor in fact goes to Bangkok.

Wait, what?

The name by which most immigrants understand Thailand s capital city is in fact an antiquated recommendation to its pre-1782 place.

Thai individuals call their capital Krung Thep brief forKrungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit

It suggests City of angels, terrific city of immortals, stunning city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, house of gods incarnate, put up byVishvakarman at Indra s request and appears like this, when composed in(* ):(* )Thai script

(* ) (* ) Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochians still get to boast that they have the longest town name in Europe. Their football club,

CPD Llanfairpwll FC for brief may well be the longest called football club worldwide if it weren t for that damn Amon Rattanakosin Krung Thep Mahanakhon Mahinthara Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Ayuthaya Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit Bravo Association Football Club( aka). Some of the enjoyable of living in a town with such a troublesome name should be fantastic travelers by how delicately it rolls off regional tongues.

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Groucho Marx AsYou Bet Your Life mentions below, long words are inevitably reduced in daily speech, and name are no exception.Bossa Nova-inflected Stephen Sondheim song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQrxzgd6ASA Barbarella Postmaster Jim Evans promotes reducing the town name to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.

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