Welsh Traditionalists Keep 58-letter Town NameCategory: 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.