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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 12:38 p.m. PST

Struck me while reading the excellent Jodi Taylor--who has a good grasp of history and some skirmish game potential--that she's running three series (Regency SF and arguably Horror) all set in the county of Rushfordshire. Place names persist over a period of centuries.
Then I turned to Josephine Tey's To Love and be Wise, which appears to be close by in the county of Orfordshire, through which runs the Rushmere River. (Next to it is a county so featureless that the county regiment's march includes the line "six trees and a haystack.)
We're all familiar with Loamshire, of course. And British actors learn "Mummerset" which suggests a county of that name.
Would anyone else care to add some non-existent counties which might have imaginary county regiments?

MajorB01 Apr 2021 12:46 p.m. PST
Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 1:12 p.m. PST

Solweyshire
Jedishire
Clannland
Cowland
Curdyshire
Wheyshire
Mayswall
Saladene
Fallowland
Cumbershire
Griffwalader
Homesby
Whatmorland

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 1:40 p.m. PST

Thank you. How could I have failed to check Wikipedia? I even have a map of Barsetshire.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 2:53 p.m. PST

East Glasonbury
Old Norwhich
Dunfoundedshire
Twaddle Upon Trent

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 3:21 p.m. PST

Surely Twaddle Upon Trent is a village? (Or, as we say on TMP, a small BUA?) Not far from Whimsey on Wye, perhaps?

Personal logo Vis Bellica Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 1:15 a.m. PST

Thomas Hardy's Wessex.

MajorB02 Apr 2021 2:18 a.m. PST

Thomas Hardy's Wessex.

Included in the link I posted above.

bogdanwaz02 Apr 2021 4:49 a.m. PST

Bassetshire

Swampster02 Apr 2021 5:01 a.m. PST

Trumptonshire had its own military based at Pippin Fort.

advocate02 Apr 2021 5:24 a.m. PST

And no one has yet mentioned Borsetshire, home of The Archers?

gbowen02 Apr 2021 5:35 a.m. PST

The famous villages;
Chipping Sodbury
Chipping Norton
Loose Chippings

MajorB02 Apr 2021 7:30 a.m. PST

And no one has yet mentioned Borsetshire, home of The Archers?

Included in the link I posted above.

MajorB02 Apr 2021 7:31 a.m. PST

The famous villages;
Chipping Sodbury
Chipping Norton
Loose Chippings

??? The first two are real places.

Last Hussar02 Apr 2021 8:13 a.m. PST

What's the one used by the police? I don't think its Naptonshire? Has its own fictional motorway.

Cerdic02 Apr 2021 8:58 a.m. PST

Nobody mentioned the most dangerous place in Britain…Midsomer!

MajorB02 Apr 2021 9:57 a.m. PST

Nobody mentioned the most dangerous place in Britain…Midsomer!

Again, included in the link I posted above.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 10:40 a.m. PST

Robert is quite right – Twaddle Upon Trent is a village, the county seat of Twaddleshire and just down the river from its sister village – Dogpoop Upon Trent

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 11:48 a.m. PST

One of my good friends created Rumplestilkinshire wherein many great ECW and Medieval adventures ensued.

Bob the Temple Builder02 Apr 2021 12:18 p.m. PST

The origins of the names of real English counties gives all sorts of pointers to potential imaginary ones. For example, Hampshire is a shortened version of it original name, Southamptonshire … with Southampton as its county town.

So adding the word ‘shire' after the name of the imaginary county's county town gives you a county's name. Hence, Barchester is the county town of Barchestershire.

Just to make things inexplicable to non-Brits, we have real life examples where the name as written is pronounced differently. Examples are Worcester/Worcestershire which is pronounced Wooster/Woostershire and Gloucester/Gloucestershire which is pronounced Gloster/Glostershire.

Bob the Temple Builder02 Apr 2021 12:26 p.m. PST

Within a few miles of where I live in South East London we have some interesting place names in Kent and Essex:
Badgers Mount
Pratt's Bottom
Fawkham Green
Mucking Flats
Fobbing Marshes

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 1:22 a.m. PST

Here are some more…

Fenneshire
Pottshire
Emannway (Wales?)
Cally (Wales?)
Fanrossex
Densfolk
Crabbsmouth
Nordensex
Layyk
Missulbyshire
Wisdunnshire.

Dagwood03 Apr 2021 6:45 a.m. PST

Shouldn't that be Wisdenshire ?

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 8:06 a.m. PST

Shouldn't that be Wisdenshire ?
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Zephyr103 Apr 2021 9:34 p.m. PST

Darwinshire (gossip has it that the locals are severely inbred… ;-)

Cerdic04 Apr 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

Some would say that's Norfolk…

bobm195912 Apr 2021 8:59 a.m. PST

"Thomas Hardy's Wessex".

Isn't that just Wessex. the old Saxon Kingdom that's divided into the counties Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset?

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