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IN THE COUNTY of Norfolk certain placenames are pronounced differently to the way they are spelled. The following list – taken from an 1883 original list of place names from A Glossary of Dialectal Place-Nomenclature by Robert Charles Hope – gives many examples of Norfolk placenames at variance with their usual spelling* – and their pronunciation.


Name Pronunciation Name Pronunciation
Aldborough Orlbur Helhoughton Hellot'n
Ashill Ash-ul Hellesden* Helsdun
Aslacton Asletun Hickling Hicklun
Aumser* Arnmer Hindolveston Hilvestun
Aylsham Elsham/Elsum Hoe How
Holme Holl'm
Barsham Bashum Halm Hall* Home Hall
Barwick Barrick Horsham S.Faith Horsham S.Fays
Bashingham Bazyngame Houghton Hoeton
Bastwick Barstwick Hunstanton Hunston
Bawburgh Babur/Borber
Bawderswell* Bardsell/Bordsell Kenninghall Kennyle
Beeston Beesun Keswick Kessick
Belaugh Bee-l§ Knapton Napt'n
Billingford Bellinfor
Bircham Barchm Lammas Lammus
Bixton Bixn Langford Langfer
Brandon Brand Leizate* Ledjet
Breasingham* Bressengen Letheringsett Larnsett
Brockdish Brodish/Brordish
Buckenham Bucknum Marlingford Marlf'd
Bunwell Bun-ell Martham Marthan
Burgh Burrer Matishall* Matsel
Bylaugh Bee-l§ Mautby Morby
Merton Marton
Caldecote Corket Methwold Methuld
Carsington Carsun Mundesley Munzly
Cawston Carsun Mundford Munfer
Chedgrave Chedgruv
Cley-next-the-ea Clay Neatishead Neatshead
Cockley Cley Cockley Cly Necton Nayton
Colkirk Coal-kirk Norton Belleau* Blo'Nortun
Colney C§-ney Norwich Norridge
Coltishall C§lesil/C§ltsul
Colveston Colstun Oulton Oletun
Costessey Cossy Ovington Overton
Cranwich Cranice
Cranworth Cranner Paston Parson
Cressingham Cressenjim Pettaugh Petter
Crostwick Crossick Pickenham Picknum
Croswight* Cosset Postwick Possick
Deopham Deepum Ranworth Ranner
Dereham Dareum Raveningham Ranningham
Docking Dockun Reepham Reefun
Roughton Rowton
Earsham Arshun Runhall Runall
Easton Eas-un Rushall Roosh'll
Erpingham Arpyngam
Salhouse Sallus/Sallers
Fersfield Farsfield Salle Saul
Foulden Fouden Scottow Scotter
Foulsham Foul-sum Scoulton Skowton
Fransham Fransum Shipdham Shindham
Fulmodeston Full-mes-tun/Feltum Shottesham* Shottsum
Sidestrand Sidestroud
Garboldisham Garblesum Sisland Sizeland
Gayton Gyton Skeyton Skyt'n
Gestwick* Gestick Snettisham Snettsum
Gipping Gip'n Stanhoe Stanner
Glandford Glanfer Stifkey* Stewkey
Goodnestone* Goodsun
Gressenhall Greslin/Gresnel Tacolneston Tacklestone
Grimston Grimsun Tasbro'* Tazebro'
Grundisbury* Gunsbro' Taverham Tabberham
Thrigby Trigby
Haddiscoe Hadsco/Hadsker Thwaite Twaite
Halesworth Harsler Threxton Trexun
Hanworth Hanner Titteshall* Tittsal
Happisburgh Hazebro Tivetshall Titsorl
Hardingham Hardingam
Hardwick Haddick Wacton W˘ton
Hautbois Hobbies Westwick Westick
Haveringland Haverland Woodbastwick Woodbastic
Haynford Hanfer Worsted Woosted
Hayham* Harfum Wortwell Wottel
Heigham Hayum Wymondham Windum

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