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US Place names - burg or burgh
« on: Tuesday 24 October 06 02:20 BST (UK) »

This morning on NPR (the equivalent of the BBC) in the US broadcast a story about how some towns were forced to drop the silent "h" at the end of their name (Pittsburgh became Pittsburg).  It was quite interesting and helps explain why some towns changed names (albeit slightly) at the end of the 1800s.  The transcript and audio can be found at


Milton - Brighton, Eastbourne
Foord - Westham, Ringmer
Sellens/Sellins/Sellings - Sedlescombe, Crowhurst
Cash - Tonbridge, Kent
Harding - Horsham
Bodle - Hailsham, Alfriston
Crowhurst - Hailsham, Westham
Roods/Roads/Rhodes - Hailsham, Westham
Sinnock - Hailsham
Silsby - Brighton
Thomas - Brighton
Tullett - Brighton
Verrall - Sussex

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