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rick derris
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One of my favourite little bits of local trivia is about Brookwood Cemetery. It is now a fraction of its original intended size*, but once upon a time it was going to be one of the main 'overflow' cemeteries for London. To facilitate this, funeral trains would run down from Waterloo to two stations inside the cemetery: one called Necropolis and the other called Mausoleum. See here for a few photos and info. Needless to say, these would have been my favourite station names, were they still there.

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In 1854, Brookwood was the largest Cemetery in the world. Today this is no longer true, but it remains the largest Cemetery in the UK, and is probably the biggest in Western Europe. Since 1854, some 240,000 people have been buried there.
However, since it did not expand to occupy the space originally set aside for it, the surplus land was sold off and now forms three (yes, three) full-sized 18-hole golf courses (each with a whole lot of forest/heath in them, too)! Can you imagine that - a cemetery that huge? Amazing.
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Flowery Field in Hyde. By all accounts, a proper shithole.
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An interesting fact about those Brookwood Cemetery trains is that all the corpses were issued with single tickets - no returns!!!

Lympstone Commando is the base where all the marines are trained. You can get off there but unless you have an ID card there is no way of getting off the platform unless you walk along the track.

My favourite station name: Worcester Foregate Street

Don't know why. Just is.

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Duncan Gardner v8.2
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Llanfair PG is a cheat, surely? I thought the villagers lobbied for a much extended name when the railway opened. Previously it was just plain St Mary's in the hollow. or the Cymric translation.

Other faves:

Ultonia: Bleach green, Newtownabbey

Scotland: Cross my loof, Glasgow

but the undisputed winner

Waidmannslust (east Berlin)

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Croute au fromage et oeuf au plat
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"Daisy Hill"

"Corrour" (because it's original name was "Corrour shooting lodge" and whatever you think about hunting, it can't sound more Victorian than that...)

"Entwistle"

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Can we have tram stops? Besses o'th Barn if we can.
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Pont y Pant,
Quaker's Yard,
Craven Arms

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They
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I'll second Mudchut, and Bat & Ball.

I'll also submit Theydon Bois. Such a Dickensian prospect, when the realit is a horrible Essex version of Croydon Lite.

Oh, and East Croydon. It signifies an easy escape.

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I think Dickens would have been delighted with a modern-day Essex version of Croydon. In fact fucking hell, he'd have had a field day.

"The tale of two cities" could have been about the inability of London and Basingstoke to "get along" when it came to server connection, although the associated love story might have been about a lapdancer from a club in Staines.

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Gdynia Wzgorze Swietego Maksymiliana

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Ruggles isn't even the best station name in Boston. Alewife is better.
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There's a station on the Hamburg underground called Schlump. I always liked that.
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Singer

Is in Clydebank and named after the now closed sewing machine factory.

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