Saturday, March 05, 2011

10 Places in Indiana Named After English Cities

Driving through the Indiana countryside, those with a basic grasp of British geography could be forgiven for thinking that either they were on some adventure through the greens of New England or that they were quite literally negotiating the roads of England itself. Whether you're stopping off in Plymouth or passing through Oxford, there is seemingly no end to the number of places that share their name with famous English cities and towns. Here's 10 to get you started:

1. New London The internet provides very little information about this unincorporated town, though I did find out it has a grave yard and a masonic lodge. Allegedly.

2. Plymouth Unlike its British counterpart, Plymouth, Indiana, is totally landlocked and possesses little interest in boats. Located in the North of Indiana.

3. Birmingham Also located in the North, Birmingham, Indiana, is unlikely to be populated by Brummies (inhabitants of Birmingham, England).

4. North Manchester At 6,112 residents, North Manchester's population is considerably less than that of its English counterpart. Again, located in northern Indiana.

5. Bristol Err, another northerner. In fact Bristol, Indiana, is about as northern as they come - located, as it is, in Elkhart County. It supposedly has an opera house. 

6. Lancaster
Phew, this one's in the south! Actually Indiana is greedy, in that it has two Lancasters; one in Jefferson County and one in Huntington County. The former is the southern one, so we'll go with that.

7. Oxford
Located in central western Indiana, the town - unlike Oxford, UK - is not noted for its universities, but did apparently produce one of the fastest horses in history - Dan Patch.

8. Cambridge City
Again no university here, and it is not particularly noted for its cyclists. Located in the west.

9. New Castle 
Okay, so not only is it made up of two words instead of one, but New Castle, Indiana, is dissimilar to Newcastle, UK in many ways. Chief among these is its lack of involvement in brewing Newcastle Brown Ale. Still, it is home to the largest high school gymnasium in the world. How about that. 

10. Carlisle 
Populated mainly by convicts (held at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility), Carlisle, Indiana bears a resemblance more to medieval Carlisle than anything else. Located in the south west.

This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he writes for BBC America and Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

4 comments:

Elmore said...

Oxford is also the location of St. Patrick's Church, which coordinates the Mexico Mission trips that I go on twice a year.

Laurence Brown said...

Oxford gets everywhere. I blame the dictionary.

texmurphy said...

New Castle? Is that in the north or the south?

Fluffy Bit said...

Don't forget Richmond, Indiana - http://www.city-data.com/city/Richmond-Indiana.html#top

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