The History of England

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Welsh Traditionalists Keep 58-letter Town Name

Category: Land + People

Economy-minded  officials  of  the  British  railways  designed  a  short  form  ticket  which  would  accomodate  only  an  abbre­viation  of  the  58-letter  name  of  a  Welsh  town.

Under  pressure  from  Welsh  nationalists,  the  railroad  backed  down  and  produced  a  ticket  six  inches  long  and  two  inches  wide  bearing  the  full  proud  name,  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

The  translation  of  the  name:  “The Church  of St.  Mary  in  the  Hollow  of  a  White  Hazel,  Near  to  a  Rapid  Whirl­pool  and  to  St.  Tysilio’s  Church,  Near  to  a Red Cave.”

From  Science  Digest,  August,  1962.

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