Cheshire place names non-locals struggle to pronounce

The English language is sometimes difficult to get your head around.

Even native speakers can struggle with certain words, including the names of towns, cities and landmarks across the country.

Across the UK, places such as Frome in Somerset, Ynysybwl, Cwn Clyndach in Wales, Woolfardisworthy in Devon and Rampisham in Dorset have been found to be the most difficult to pronounce.

Names of towns and villages in Cheshire do not seem to be too hard to pronounce when compared to places like Cornwall, however we do still have some that can be difficult.

Even the name ‘Cheshire’ is often pronounced differently by some, with many saying it as ‘Chesh-eer’ and others ‘Chesh-ur’.

We’ve taken a look at some of Cheshire’s most commonly mispronounced place names, and the correct way in which to say them

Cholmondeston

The pretty village of Cholmondeston near Nantwich has no doubt confused many a driver over the years if they were looking for a place that is spelled as it sounds.

Non-Cheshire residents may well pronounce it ‘Chol-mond-eston’ when in fact it’s the relatively simpler ‘Chumston’.

Alsager

Although for many residents this Cheshire East town may be a simple one to pronounce, for non-locals it is an easy slip up.

Some non-residents may say Al-sai-ger, pronouncing the ‘g’, when in fact Cheshire residents will know it is Al-sai-juh.

Cholmondeley

Now this one is a difficult one, and an easy one for tourists to get wrong.

Obviously, Cheshire natives know the village near Malpas and home to the stunning Cholmondeley Castle is pronounced ‘Chumley’ rather than ‘Chol-mond-eley’.

Its name means ‘clearing of Ceolmund’, an Old English forename made up of the elements ceol , “ship”, and mund , “protection”.

Daresbury

The birthplace of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll looks relatively simple to pronounce on the face of it, but people often get it wrong.

Those seeing it on a road sign for the first time are more than likely going to pronounce it ‘Dares-bury’ as it’s spelled, but locals will know it’s actually pronounced ‘Dars-bury’.

Wybunbury

The small village of Wybunbury, which lies on the outskirts of Crewe and Nantwich is commonly pronounced by non-Cheshire residents as ‘Win-bun-bury’.

The most common way to pronounce it is ‘Wyb-un-bury’.

It is said to take its name from ‘Wigbeorn’s manor’ or stronghold.

Wildboarclough

This village nestled in an upland valley in a scenic location to the south of Macclesfield Forest is often said as it sounds ‘Wild-boar-cluff’.

But the correct way to pronounce it is ‘Wilber-cluff’.

Legend states that it is named this because the last wild boar in England was shot in the hills around Wildboarclough.

Upper/Lower Peover

The average tourist might be forgiven for pronouncing these small Cheshire villages the way they are spelled, and saying ‘Pee-over’.

But it’s actually pronounced ‘Peever’ and derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Peeffer’ meaning ‘a bright river.

Can you think of any other Cheshire place names that are commonly mispronounced? Let us know in the comments.

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