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Listen: Are you pronouncing these 13 Norfolk place names correctly? (Our Australian journalist isn’t)

PUBLISHED: 17:14 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:10 15 April 2016

The village signs for Deopham in Norfolk take on the local dialect.
 Photo: Bill Smith

The village signs for Deopham in Norfolk take on the local dialect. Photo: Bill Smith

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Norfolk is home to many towns and villages with names that can be tricky to pronounce. Here are just a few of the county’s most awkward places to articulate.

We asked our resident Australian journalist Josh Hanrahan to say them for us, but are you pronouncing these Norfolk place names correctly?

• Tacolneston

This village in South Norfolk has a particularly awkward spelling and is actually pronounced “Tacklestone”.

Ingoldisthorpe

Sadly there isn’t actually any gold to speak of in the village of “Inglesthorpe”.

Postwick

A silent ‘W’, causes Postwick to be pronounced as “Possick”.

• Costessey

This is one place name that always manages to confound visitors - it’s said as “Cossey” and not Costessey. Take no notice of the extra letters it’s spelled with.

• Happisburgh

We will never, ever, understand the spelling of “Hazebro”.

• Stiffkey

There’s always been much debate surrounding the proper pronunciation of “Stewkey”.

• Wymondham

We’re not sure how “Wymond” becomes “Wind” when pronouncing “Windum” but somehow it just does.

• Fulmodeston

This North Norfolk village is in fact pronounced “Full-mes-ton”.

• Haddiscoe

There’s no ‘I’ in the pronunciation of “Hadsco”.

• Deopham

Just ignore the ‘O’ in “Deepum”.

• Mundesley

The coastal village of “Munzly” is probably one of the more logical place name pronunciations on this list.

• Tasburgh

You can’t really go too far wrong when saying “Taysbur”.

• Reepham

This market town’s spelling must be read phonetically as “Reefum”.

• Is there a place in Norfolk you struggle to pronounce? Let us know in the comments below.

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