Thursday, 23 October 2008

The longest name

Now, this is what I call a big name. In fact, a huge name. This village, located in Anglesey island in Wales, United Kingdom, has the privilege of being the longest officially recognized place name in the United Kingdom.
It is named Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (in the original welsh) or The church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave (in an English translation). It has 58 letters in length and it’s known to locals as Llarfairpwll or simply Llanfair.
The name was created in the 19th Century as a way to increase tourism in the area. It was artificially created in the 1860s with the objective of turning it into the longest name in an UK railway station. Nowadays, it still is a touristic attraction and there are many places you can visit there, such as the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column (a monument built in honour of Henry Paget, the 1st Marquess of Anglesey for his heroism in the Battle of Waterloo) and the railway station where you can take pictures next to the station sign.

This beautiful card was sent by enigmaxuan, from Wales.
Source: Wikipedia

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