On July 4 2019, the Facebook page “Gringott’s Bank of Enchanted Memes” shared a meme (archived here) illustrating a purported route through the United Kingdom with a number of licentious and salacious location names:
From top to bottom, the plotted purported locations on the map were:
- Cock Bridge;
- Dick Place;
- Cock Alley;
- Slutshole Lane;
- Ass Hill;
Based on nomenclature alone, the listed places appeared to range from townships and villages to streets. The map appeared to have been generated via Google Maps, plotting a 1,043 mile (1,679 km) route from the northernmost area of Scotland to the south of England.
The first location, “Twatt,” is a “small parish” on the Orkney Islands in Scotland. According to Wikipedia:
The settlement name originates from the Old Norse þveit, meaning ‘small parcel of land’. The Norse word commonly produces in England the place name element Thwaite.
The name Twatt is similar to the common English expletive “twat”, (an insulting word used to express contempt or derision for another individual, although it can also colloquially refer to a vagina).
Dick Place in Edinburgh is Scotland’s most expensive street
For the second year in succession  Dick Place in the Grange area of Edinburgh is Scotland’s most expensive residential street with an average house price of £1,686,000.
A fourth entry, “Cockermouth,” is a town in Cumbria ostensibly named for its location near the River Cocker:
Cockermouth grew up at the junction of the two most important rivers in the area. Here the River Cocker, flowing out of the lakes Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater meets the River Derwent on its journey from lakes Derwent and Bassenthwaite to the sea at Workington.
Fifth is “Penistone,” a market town in Yorkshire:
The highest market town in the county and one of the best-kept secrets in South Yorkshire and the Pennines, Penistone deserves close investigation to reveal its hidden treasures – there’s something here for everyone. Located close (but not too close!) to major towns and cities and with a wide and growing range of accommodation available, Penistone is the ideal, relaxing place to use as a base for visits throughout the Yorkshire region.
Somewhat notoriously, the village possesses a road known as Sluts Hole Lane, although this is most likely a spelling mistake made by late Victorian census takers which has passed into relatively modern usage (maps and census documents held in Norwich’s Library, ‘The Forum’, show it was originally known as Slutch Hole Lane). Attempts to restore the original name have been opposed by local historians; a residents’ petition for a change was resisted in 1999. Slutch is an old English word meaning ‘slushy’ or ‘muddy’; an alternative etymology is that it comes from the Dutch word for ‘sluice’, used in draining the fens.
Eighth on the list is “Fingringhoe,” in Essex:
According to The University of Nottingham’s Key to English Place Names, the name probably means ‘hill-spur of the dwellers on the finger of land’, very different to what most playground jokes would have us believe.
In 2010, residents of Shitterton were forced to install a heavy sign to deter theft:
Villagers in the Dorset hamlet of Shitterton have got so fed-up with their sign being stolen they have put up a stone version.
They hope the £680 sign, which is set in concrete, will deter thieves.
Previous signs have frequently been stolen but had not been replaced since the last theft three years ago.
Villager Ian Ventham said: “Every two or three years somebody comes along and nicks our sign because, clearly, Shitterton is amusing.”
He added: “Purbeck District Council, not being over-endowed with money at the moment, would merely have replaced it with yet another sign.
All ten names on the list represent authentic locations in England and Scotland. Additional lists of similar town names in the UK were far longer, and included “Minge Lane,” “Bell End,” “Sandy Balls,” “Beaver Close,” “Rimswell,” “Crotch Crescent,” and “Cumming Court.”