Dorset has some unusual and strange place names. There’s Pug’s Hole, Sweet Apple Farm & Custard Hill. Names include:
Barbers Piles – Poole. It was bombed by the Germans during World War II
Brandy Bay – Isle of Purbeck, where smugglers brought their illicit barrels ashore during 17th & 18th centuries.
Clapgate – near Wimborne.
Doghouse Lane – Chideock.
Dungy Head – near West Lulworth.
Goathorn Close – Poole.
Glue Hill – Sturminster Newton. Apparently, there is a sign urging pedestrians to 'stick to the pavement!’
God’s Blessing Lane – Colehill. Apparently so called, because Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers were blessed there prior to assaulting Corfe Castle.
Hell Bottom – West Dorset.
Knacker’s Hole – near Okeford Fitzpaine.
Knights in the Bottom – near Chickerell.
Labour-in-Vain – near East Bexington.
Minterne Magna – while Magna is Latin for ‘large’, Minterne means ‘house where mint grows.’
Mutton Street Lane – Marshwood.
Old Harry – sea stack near Studland. Old Harry was another name for the devil. Until the 1890s, there was another sea stack called ‘Old Harry’s wife.’
Pug’s Hole – Bournemouth.
Pulham Down – near Sherborne.
Red Bottom – Burton Bradstock. Legend has it that the good folk of Burton Bradstock overcame some Danish invaders here around the year, 1002. Here allegedly there is a dip which ‘ran deep with Danish blood.’
Ryme Intrinseca – south of Yeovil.
Scratch Arse Ware & Dancing Ledge – despite its name, this is a stunning area in Purbeck and popular with walkers.
Shitterton – near Bere Regis, means a ‘stream once used as a sewer.’
Sweet Apple Farm & Custard Hill – a delightfully sweet Gussage All Saints combination.
Winterborne Came – while the county has many Winterbornes, Came is a corruption of ‘Caen’. It once belonged to St Stephen of Caen in Normandy.