Which part of the country do we live in? - Avant

I thought it might be interesting, in replying to each other's posts, if we had an idea of what part of the country people are talking about. Not seeking to pry or to infringe any data protection rules - maybe just which county you live in (or indeed country - I think we have some members in France).

And of course don't answer this at all if you'd prefer not to.

I'm in rural north Dorset, a mile from the Somerset border, in a village between Gillingham and Wincanton.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Andrew-T

Avant, I have just been chasing ancestors in Alford and W.Lydford, not far away. As some will know, I live in Cheshire, postcode WA6.

But don't we have members in Germany and Oz ?

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

I'm on the border between East Midlands and West Midlands, close to the point where Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire meet.

But even having been here 39 years, I still regard myself as an incomer - I'm a Fen Tiger from Huntingdonshire.

Which part of the country do we live in? - badbusdriver

Peterhead, which is N E Scotland, about 30 miles up the coast from Aberdeen. It's a fishing port, in fact, I believe it's the largest white fish port in Europe. Otherwise unremarkable!

Which part of the country do we live in? - Vitesse6

South Hams in Devon.

Which part of the country do we live in? - RobJP

Peterhead, which is N E Scotland, about 30 miles up the coast from Aberdeen. It's a fishing port, in fact, I believe it's the largest white fish port in Europe. Otherwise unremarkable!

Denbighshire, North Wales.

I once owned a yellow Volvo 850 T5-R saloon which I sold to a bloke from Peterhead ...

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

Peterhead, which is N E Scotland, about 30 miles up the coast from Aberdeen. It's a fishing port, in fact, I believe it's the largest white fish port in Europe. Otherwise unremarkable!

I lived in Peterhead, the Blue Toon, in the early '70s before the oil boom and before the dual carriageway got past Stirling! We were known as the "English couple" but everyone was friendly and generous. Still have a friend in Fraserburgh, the Broch.

Keith Inch is the most easterly point in mainland Scotland. Wonderful beach at Cruden Bay if Trump's golf course hasn't spoilt it.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Simon

I'm on the border between East Midlands and West Midlands, close to the point where Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire meet.

I must be very close to your good self. I'm from the Derbyshire section close to where the four counties meet.
Which part of the country do we live in? - SLO76
Ayrshire in sunny Prestwick by the sea. Great place to watch the cars rusting away but we've some glorious roads to drive them on first.
Which part of the country do we live in? - Bromptonaut

Bugbrooke, one of Northampton's dormitory villages. Orginally from the West Riding and still retaining good flat vowels.

Which part of the country do we live in? - RickyBoy

...That's interesting Bromptonaut...

I'm originally from Halifax (West Yorks) but have lived in Milton Keynes since '72 (yes, I witnessed it rise from out of the ground one day back then). You must also be doing missionary work down here?

Born in the 'Fax, studied in Brum, live in MK, so dropping like a stone!

Am surely destined to die in a deckchair on Eastbourne seafront, though I'd prefer it to be Nice...

Which part of the country do we live in? - FP

I'm vaguely familiar with some of the places already mentioned, but I am presently situated far from any of them.

I'm in glorious Hemel Hempstead, mainly due to the fact that houses, though still ridiculously expensive here, are cheaper than where I used to live (and where I was born) - St Albans. And, for various reasons, I need/want to stay in the area.

Advantages of HH: I'm five minutes from the M1 Junction 8; I'm on the St Albans side, so can be at the station there (where trains to London are far more frequent and go to more useful places) by bus in half an hour; I'm within reach of some excellent country walks.

Disadvantages: it's HH and it's still a dump, despite efforts by the town's council to spruce things up, provide better facilities and so on. Nothing can disguise the acres of ugly housing put up in the sixties and seventies as part of the New Town development. Oh, and there's the Magic Roundabout, famous challenge for drivers' nerves, observation, anticipation and reaction times.

Edited by FP on 11/08/2017 at 13:36

Which part of the country do we live in? - Engineer Andy

I'm vaguely familiar with some of the places already mentioned, but I am presently situated far from any of them.

I'm in glorious Hemel Hempstead, mainly due to the fact that houses, though still ridiculously expensive here, are cheaper than where I used to live (and where I was born) - St Albans. And, for various reasons, I need/want to stay in the area.

Advantages of HH: I'm five minutes from the M1 Junction 8; I'm on the St Albans side, so can be at the station there (where trains to London are far more frequent and go to more useful places) by bus in half an hour; I'm within reach of some excellent country walks.

Disadvantages: it's HH and it's still a dump, despite efforts by the town's council to spruce things up, provide better facilities and so on. Nothing can disguise the acres of ugly housing put up in the sixties and seventies as part of the New Town development. Oh, and there's the Magic Roundabout, famous challenge for drivers' nerves, observation, anticipation and reaction times.

Hello from a fellow Hertfordshirian (is there such a word?)! I live in sunny (today at least) Royston, on the county border with Cambridgeshire, originally born in North London, living for many years in a town about 10 miles south of St. Albans (where I went to school). I know Hemel a bit, visiting there a few times over the years (and going round its magic roundabout, both before and after the more recent changes) for work purposes.

I know what you mean about house prices - I'll probably meet up in the middle (me going north) with RickyBoy (going south) as I go further from London to be able to afford the type of home I would like.

Some nice roads in my area, but quite a lot of very dangerous ones - many are notorious accident blackspots (especially for motorcylists) as they are mostly straight, flat 60mph roads with hidden country lane junctions and are trunk roads too.

Some good transport links locally but (as I found when working there until recently) some towns traffic (e.g. Stevenage, including on the A1 as it passes by) can be terrible in the rush hour. I also find the regional type of agriculture (mainly cereals, oil seed rape, etc) plays havoc with my asthma and so, amongst looking at a career change, may also be thinking about a change of location to a part of the country (or even abroad) that is more 'green fields' (I don't mind animal country - my wheezing disappears when I go on holiday to Cornwall!) and less McHomes (Royston isn't that bad).

Which part of the country do we live in? - RickyBoy

We don't use MK at all (apart from John Lewis and the station for a fast train out of there).

I'd much rather drive for up to an hour to Cambridge, Oxford, Henley, Marlow, Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon,St. Albans, Hampstead or the Cotswolds for a cup of coffee and a stroll.

MK is pretty much equidistant from all of those place, but that's it's only plus point for me.

I'm a couple of miles from M1/J14. If anyone is ever passing by and fancies a cuppa let me know. I'm marginally cheaper than Newport Pagnell services!

Which part of the country do we live in? - colinh

Galicia, NW Spain - the bit above Portugal

Which part of the country do we live in? - badbusdriver

Galicia, NW Spain - the bit above Portugal

Now that's just showing off! (jammy git, I'm jealous!)

There was a 'magic roundabout' in Aberdeen quite a lot of years ago. The reason it was so called is because the centre 'island' wasn't actually attached to the ground, it was just a big round lump of concrete with kerb stones round it. Being where it was close to the harbour area there was a huge volume of big trucks, some of which would clip the island and move it into a different position!

Which part of the country do we live in? - Smileyman

I hail from London / Essex border, but nowadays live on the Kent coast .... overlooking lots of offshore windmills! However still in easy reach of London which I visit frequently, by car or by high speed train via Stratford into St Pancras

Which part of the country do we live in? - nellyjak

The smallest county.!!....Rutland ..(used to be part of Leics..and from a council tax point of view still wished it was.!).

But...it's not really home...a bit too soft and gentle for me..I hail from the Derbyshire Peak District..and from Yorkshire stock, so I like a bit of granite.!

Which part of the country do we live in? - KB.

West Country. In a smallish town between Newton Abbot and Moretonhampstead.

Avant, you seemed to have narrowed it down to two small areas which look more like hamlets than villages. Doesn't look as though you'd be troubled by passing traffic.

Were we to move I'd be looking for somewhere quiet but not too cut off and have spent hours and hours wondering where we'd go if we were to up sticks. But maybe that's what everyone wants?

Which part of the country do we live in? - RickyBoy

I once delivered a Merc to Kilmington (Just N or Stourhead) and caught the train back to London from Gilligham. In fact the bloke had to give me a lift down there as no buses, etc.

Glorious part of the country Avant. The Salisbury area is where I'd like to (properly) retire (once the m-in-l passes on!). I've just been playing at retirement for the past 12-years in MK.

Which part of the country do we live in? - veloceman
Early childhood in Couper Angus, now residing near Beverley - East Yorkshire.
Which part of the country do we live in? - notagoodname
'Once the m-in-law passes on'.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at your place at Christmas as you give her 200 Marlboro, 2 bottles of vodka and anything else that could speed her on her way.
Which part of the country do we live in? - Avant

"Avant, you seemed to have narrowed it down to two small areas which look more like hamlets than villages. Doesn't look as though you'd be troubled by passing traffic."

It's Buckhorn Weston, which sounds a bit like a West Indian fast bowler, or perhaps one of those Victorian arrangers of other people's music (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, arranged for tuba solo and full brass band by H. Buckhorn Weston....OK, I made that up).

After 40 years near Reading, we looked for somewhere to retire to that was less than 2 hours away from the family and grandchildren, but wasn't too expensive (Hants or Wilts would have been ideal but people commute from there, and Dorset near the sea costs a lot) but also off the tourist track. My UK geography is reasonably good but I hadn't head of Buckhorn Weston which is a good sign. The garden has a view of Dorset one way, Somerset the other, but no traffic noise even though we're only 10 minutes from the A303.

Which part of the country do we live in? - concrete

Where to begin. Father Scottish (Paisley), Mother Irish (Letterkenny). Most of childhood in Scotland and various other places (Dad in RAF). Eventually settled in N. Yorkshire where I stayed for over 40 years. Travelled a lot with my work, abroad and all over the UK. Last 15 years mainly Scotland and the North (Construction industry) I was the official company translator in Scotland and chaired most of our site meetings their. My Father never lost his West of Scotland accent until the day he died, so I was well atuned. On retiring, SWMBO (London) wanted to move South to be closer to family. We had few ties left in N. Yorkshire so we moved to Kent. Between Headcorn and Tenterden. No regrets. beautiful part of the UK and the people are great. The weather is a huge plus after the North and Scotland. Just a bit of a financial jolt with the house price difference. What the heck, can't put a price on SWMBO's happiness!!!! Driving since 1966 and have seen a few things in that time.

Great to read of other peoples locations and comments, very interesting in many ways. I realise that anonimity is important of public forums but this has enlightened my views.

Thanks to all. Best wishes. Concrete

Which part of the country do we live in? - johnnyrev
Sutton Coldfield for the last 8 years. Had no plans to be here and had applied for jobs down south (I was born in Plymouth and grew up in Bognor Regis).

But I was invited to go and talk to the Archdeacon who persuaded me to take on my current church. You can't say no to an Archdeacon!
Which part of the country do we live in? - RickyBoy

I lived on Maney Hill Road during '71/'72 when an Art Student @ Brum johnnyrev.

You could tell we it was a student property as we had a couple of union jack flags for curtains!

Fabulous times (to be a student), and of course I had hair down to my pecs back then :–)

Which part of the country do we live in? - RickyBoy

...in fact (FINAL POST from me for the next 3-months I promise)...

...I actually learnt to drive in Sutton Coldfield! Was going back to the lodgings one hot summer's lunchtime in '72 on a Midland Red bus when an open-topped sports car pulled up alongside driven by a pretty long-haired/long-legged girl. I looked down and immediately thought 'I want some of that' – the driving, not the lady – so promptly called in at BSM on The Parade, SC and booked a block of 10 lessons @ £2.00 a lesson!!!

After graduating I returned to Halifax, applied for my test, went out with my Old Man a handful of times in our G-reg Austin 1300 and promptly passed first time. The rest is...

Happy to have 'pulled it round' to a motoring ref. at last.

Will write again mid-November?

Goodnight...

Which part of the country do we live in? - scot22

Born in Peterhead when it was a small fishing town. Without consulting me the family moved to England when I was three. Proud of my nationality ( hence scot and 22, my lucky number ). Now live near to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Good idea Avant.

Which part of the country do we live in? - John Boy

Hastings, East Sussex, but have also lived (going backwards in time) in Walthamstow, East London, in Notting Hill, West London (left the year the infamous Tower was being built), in Leicester (art college) and Lincolnshire.

Which part of the country do we live in? - jc2

Hastings, East Sussex, but have also lived (going backwards in time) in Walthamstow, East London, in Notting Hill, West London (left the year the infamous Tower was being built), in Leicester (art college) and Lincolnshire.

I started school in Hastings-we lived in Croft Rd.-born in Ipswich and have spent the rest of my life in various parts of Essex.Some parts which are no longer Essex.

Which part of the country do we live in? - bolt

Hastings, East Sussex, but have also lived (going backwards in time) in Walthamstow, East London, in Notting Hill, West London (left the year the infamous Tower was being built), in Leicester (art college) and Lincolnshire.

Used to go to Hastings/st leonards a lot but it got too popular, I`m in Orpington Kent, a town not many people knew about years ago, lived here all my life, though town centre is not much good now

Orpington and surrounding area has got too commercialised for my liking now, only advantage of where I live at the moment is local superstores and Honda not far from me.

No shortage of garages and car sales around here, including a new Porsche garage being built next to Tesco

4 years to retirement and outa here

Which part of the country do we live in? - oldroverboy.

Born N.wales.. ran away at 17... brakes didn't work when i reached the bright lights and spent 5 years "bumming" around europe, chelsea for 3 years ish, jersey 3 years ish.. (best time of my life i think).. always travelling, couple of years in london, 12 years in geneva, 6 months New york state.. 5 years rural Glos.. 8 years Rickmansworth /uxbridge then watford..then 8 years carmarthen now settled sunny colchester... Gosh that was a confession!

Still got the travel bug.... and just to go OFF topic, got an email from a friend i haven't heard from for 42 years.. yesterday..

Edited by oldroverboy. on 11/08/2017 at 21:07

Which part of the country do we live in? - RobJP

Whereabouts in North Wales then, ORB ?

Which part of the country do we live in? - oldroverboy.

Whereabouts in North Wales then, ORB ?

Just close by what used to be Queensferry motor Auctions.. AE Bernie and Co..

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

Born in Peterhead when it was a small fishing town. Without consulting me the family moved to England when I was three. Proud of my nationality ( hence scot and 22, my lucky number ). Now live near to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Good idea Avant.

For a small place, Peterhead seems to have a few connections among BR'ers.

Which part of the country do we live in? - JEREMYH

Cullompton Devon junction 28 of the m5

Which part of the country do we live in? - Theophilus

One of my first junior doctor posts was at the Good Hope (!) Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. From there we went to Kenya for several years, but are now retired in Hampshire.

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

One of my first junior doctor posts was at the Good Hope (!) Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. From there we went to Kenya for several years, but are now retired in Hampshire.

Known unkindly as No Hope Hospital - but they've been good to me when I needed them.

Which part of the country do we live in? - 72 dudes

Proud of my nationality ( hence scot and 22, my lucky number ). Now live near to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Good idea Avant.

Is The Altisidora in Bishop Burton still there Scott?

North Yorkshire born and bred (Harrogate - "ooh, how posh"). Took my Driving and Advanced Tests there.

University in Hull, moved to Peterborough for first job (terrible place, especially now)

Lived in Bury St Edmunds for last 21 years

Which part of the country do we live in? - Tubbyrincewind

Lichfield, just down the road from Johnnyrev. Born here, always lived here and will more than likely shuffle off this mortal coil here. Nice city but is in danger of eventually merging into one of the sprawling metropolis around and about.

Which part of the country do we live in? - KB.

You certainly got me beat there, Avant. Like yourself, never heard of it either. But, in all honesty, I have to say it looks a lot more attractive than Stoke Trister or Cucklington. Some gorgeous properties. Believe me when I say I've searched high and low in this part of Devon to find a pleasant area with attractive houses - or at least houses that WE find attractive - and it's a struggle (unless you have unlimited funds, in which case it becomes marginally easier). Much as I was keen to leave our previous part of the south east for a number of reasons, I have to admit there was no shortage of nice looking properties in what, on the face of it, were attractive areas. But wild horses wouldn't get me back there, nice looking houses or not.

Dorset has perpetually maintained a draw, for numerous reasons, but, up to now, have not wanted to move any closer to London than we are at present . However, it has to be said you're close enough to services so as not to be deemed "cut off" whilst living in a lovely, quiet part of the world. Looks a good choice.

Do you play at the church? I'd have thought an accomplished local organist would be seen as manna from you know where.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Mike H

I thought it might be interesting, in replying to each other's posts, if we had an idea of what part of the country people are talking about. Not seeking to pry or to infringe any data protection rules - maybe just which county you live in (or indeed country - I think we have some members in France).

Austria, in my case :-)

Which part of the country do we live in? - Nomag

Darlington, but grew up in South Derbyshire and watched the Toyota factory in Burnaston being built.

Which part of the country do we live in? - badbusdriver

(Peterhead)

RT, the dual carriageway, at the moment, stretches as far north as Balmedie, but there is also about a mile leading up to the Ellon bypass (though curiously the bypass itself is single carriageway). But along with the new Aberdeen ring road (Western peripheral route), which is due to be finished next year, the road from Balmedie to Ellon is being made dual carriageway all the way (I think that is also due to be finished next year).

Regarding Trump's golf course, that is just north of Balmedie, so fear not, it doesn't affect Cruden Bay! (which has it's own golf course, along with the beautiful beach)

Incidentally, using the term 'blue toon' for Peterhead is often mistakenly assumed to be because it is always cold (it isn't), but it actually to do with the colours the fishermen traditionally wore and nothing to do with temperature. And while nowadays, Peterhead is known as a fishing town, if you go back to, I think, the mid-late 1800's, it was a spa town, and was apparently a popular holiday or relaxation destination!. There was a hotel, I forget the name, which gained quite a reputation of notoriety, due to the behaviour of its wealthy guests whilst 'relaxing'!.

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

(Peterhead)

RT, the dual carriageway, at the moment, stretches as far north as Balmedie, but there is also about a mile leading up to the Ellon bypass (though curiously the bypass itself is single carriageway). But along with the new Aberdeen ring road (Western peripheral route), which is due to be finished next year, the road from Balmedie to Ellon is being made dual carriageway all the way (I think that is also due to be finished next year).

Regarding Trump's golf course, that is just north of Balmedie, so fear not, it doesn't affect Cruden Bay! (which has it's own golf course, along with the beautiful beach)

Incidentally, using the term 'blue toon' for Peterhead is often mistakenly assumed to be because it is always cold (it isn't), but it actually to do with the colours the fishermen traditionally wore and nothing to do with temperature. And while nowadays, Peterhead is known as a fishing town, if you go back to, I think, the mid-late 1800's, it was a spa town, and was apparently a popular holiday or relaxation destination!. There was a hotel, I forget the name, which gained quite a reputation of notoriety, due to the behaviour of its wealthy guests whilst 'relaxing'!.

While I was in Peterhead, I travelled back to the Midlands, just for the weekend, a couple of times a month - the M6 was complete all the way north, and empty by modern standards, but the A74 to Hamilton was the dire old narrow dual-carriageway with bus-stops in lane 1, the M73 was still under construction, the A80 by Cumbernauld was ok and then it went pear-shaped as the single-carriageway A9 route was through the centre of Stirling, Dunblane, Perth and then up the A94 through Coupar Angus, Forfar, Brechin and Stonehaven - I tried the Anderson Drive By-pass for Aberdeen once but it was easier to go through the city centre - I had a 1100 Escort which never seemed to suffer being driven almost flat out, the journey taking 7.5 hours including a couple of comfort breaks - it would take me longer now despite all the dual carriageway as I'd be sticking to 70!

I was aware of the blue stocking connection, but when the Easterly Storm Force winds are blowing in from Siberia, the wind-chill factor is massive.

There used to be live bands at the Palace Hotel, every Sat/Sun, very well attended - but looking at Google Streetview, it's been rebuilt since.

I was only in Peterhead just over a year but have more affinity with the place than 40 years in Staffordshire!

Which part of the country do we live in? - Steveieb
Originally from the Potteries but the family moved down to North Buckinghamshire for work . The area has been totally enveloped by MK which I has at last shrugged off its bad image.

One living nearby in Northampton, home to Cosworth Engineering and Mercedes power trains which is a huge employer.

So very close to a famous contributor to the column named Gordon Bennet.

But a question for Avant , do you still own that wonderful Audi Avant 2.5 . I have come to the same conclusion as him that this was the best car ever.
Which part of the country do we live in? - Avant

"But a question for Avant , do you still own that wonderful Audi Avant 2.5 . I have come to the same conclusion as him that this was the best car ever."

Sadly, no: I had it from new in 2004 and kept it for just under the 3-year PCP term. I'd done too many miles in it and avoided the penalty by PXing it before the end of the term. The big mistake was what I got instead - the Mercedes B200CDI. They'd upgraded the A4 2.5 to a 2.7 and it had become too expensive to have another, although I wish I had.

There'e no doubt that Audis suit us, as SWMBO's A1 is constantly reminding us. Much as I loved the three Octavia vRSs, the 2004 Avant is still the best car of about 20 that I've had, and the A1 the best small car. I'd intended keeping the Volvo V60 long-term, and it's only a year old now, but it's a diesel, and there may come a time when an petrol A4 or Q2 may become very tempting.

KB - yes, I'm organist at Cucklington (actually in Somerset and in a different Anglican diocese) but deputise at several Dorset churches - playing around, if that's the right expression (no, it probably isn't).

Which part of the country do we live in? - Steveieb

Does anyone know where Elekie doc lives ?

He is a regular contributor to the technical site and has been brilliant in sorting the many electrical problems that seem to affect modern cars.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Fishermans Bend

Avant, we drive along the A303 a few times a year as we journey to family in the west. I like that road, so much more interesting a drive than using a multi-lane highway. We usually stop at the bakery in the middle of nowhere on this road for some lardie cake. The vision of a loaf of bread on a table, on the pavement, in pouring rain, forever sticks in the memory from the first time we took that route.

Will keep an eye out for your V40 next time we approach your vicinity. As an aside many years ago the older generation used to rear calves. They came from Sturminster Newton market, long closed and redeveloped.

Which part of the country do we live in? - focussed

We usually stop at the bakery in the middle of nowhere on this road for some lardie cake.

Ooooh - Dorset lardy cake - Yum! The nearest I could get to that over here is breton kouign-amann similar to the welsh cacan menyn, unless I were to take up home baking!

Which part of the country do we live in? - primus 1

York,, born and bred,

Where the traffic lights have a mind of their own , bus and cycle lanes everywhere, the outer ring road is a car park at the best of times and traffic on the A64 at the hop grove roundabout grinds to a halt on sunny days and bank holidays, not to mention race days !!! and a couple of years ago some councillor had the bright idea to close one of the main bridges into the city and fine drivers for using it ( later deemed illegal and all had to be refunded) oh and now were slowly dying as pollution levels soar in the city, other than that, its not a bad place to live!!

Which part of the country do we live in? - badbusdriver

(Peterhead)

RT, the dual carriageway, at the moment, stretches as far north as Balmedie, but there is also about a mile leading up to the Ellon bypass (though curiously the bypass itself is single carriageway). But along with the new Aberdeen ring road (Western peripheral route), which is due to be finished next year, the road from Balmedie to Ellon is being made dual carriageway all the way (I think that is also due to be finished next year).

Regarding Trump's golf course, that is just north of Balmedie, so fear not, it doesn't affect Cruden Bay! (which has it's own golf course, along with the beautiful beach)

Incidentally, using the term 'blue toon' for Peterhead is often mistakenly assumed to be because it is always cold (it isn't), but it actually to do with the colours the fishermen traditionally wore and nothing to do with temperature. And while nowadays, Peterhead is known as a fishing town, if you go back to, I think, the mid-late 1800's, it was a spa town, and was apparently a popular holiday or relaxation destination!. There was a hotel, I forget the name, which gained quite a reputation of notoriety, due to the behaviour of its wealthy guests whilst 'relaxing'!.

While I was in Peterhead, I travelled back to the Midlands, just for the weekend, a couple of times a month - the M6 was complete all the way north, and empty by modern standards, but the A74 to Hamilton was the dire old narrow dual-carriageway with bus-stops in lane 1, the M73 was still under construction, the A80 by Cumbernauld was ok and then it went pear-shaped as the single-carriageway A9 route was through the centre of Stirling, Dunblane, Perth and then up the A94 through Coupar Angus, Forfar, Brechin and Stonehaven - I tried the Anderson Drive By-pass for Aberdeen once but it was easier to go through the city centre - I had a 1100 Escort which never seemed to suffer being driven almost flat out, the journey taking 7.5 hours including a couple of comfort breaks - it would take me longer now despite all the dual carriageway as I'd be sticking to 70!

I was aware of the blue stocking connection, but when the Easterly Storm Force winds are blowing in from Siberia, the wind-chill factor is massive.

There used to be live bands at the Palace Hotel, every Sat/Sun, very well attended - but looking at Google Streetview, it's been rebuilt since.

I was only in Peterhead just over a year but have more affinity with the place than 40 years in Staffordshire!

After i wrote that post this morning, i refreshed my memory about the 'notorious hotel'. I had originally discovered the info while helping my youngest with a homework project.

Peterhead originally became a spa town in the very late 1700's, but the period in question was nearer 1840, and the hotel was the 'New Inn'. This is taken from peterheadtowntrail.co.uk:

The New Inn was the fashionable place to stay when Peterhead was a spa town. It's reputation deteriorated as the clientele became more colourful, including a group of rich and dissolute young men who formed the 'five bottles club'. This was Peterhead's answer to London's notorious 'hellfire club', famed for the drunken and outrageously immoral behaviour of it's aristocratic members. Around 1840 'lady' Belle Imlah began to hold court at the Inn, with her 'semi-nudist colony of voluptuous attendants'. Lady Belle was reputed to be th confidante of all the professional men in town, which may explain why her enterprise was not promptly closed down.

This particularly colourful and amusing part of Peterhead's history is not, to my knowledge, widely known, not sure why?!. I wonder, scott22, were you aware of this?, being a 'blue tooner'. I'm not one myself, i was born in Aberdeen (1972) and grew up in the Shetland Island's. Only moving to Peterhead in 1999, but been her ever since.

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

After i wrote that post this morning, i refreshed my memory about the 'notorious hotel'. I had originally discovered the info while helping my youngest with a homework project.

Peterhead originally became a spa town in the very late 1700's, but the period in question was nearer 1840, and the hotel was the 'New Inn'. This is taken from peterheadtowntrail.co.uk:

The New Inn was the fashionable place to stay when Peterhead was a spa town. It's reputation deteriorated as the clientele became more colourful, including a group of rich and dissolute young men who formed the 'five bottles club'. This was Peterhead's answer to London's notorious 'hellfire club', famed for the drunken and outrageously immoral behaviour of it's aristocratic members. Around 1840 'lady' Belle Imlah began to hold court at the Inn, with her 'semi-nudist colony of voluptuous attendants'. Lady Belle was reputed to be th confidante of all the professional men in town, which may explain why her enterprise was not promptly closed down.

This particularly colourful and amusing part of Peterhead's history is not, to my knowledge, widely known, not sure why?!. I wonder, scott22, were you aware of this?, being a 'blue tooner'. I'm not one myself, i was born in Aberdeen (1972) and grew up in the Shetland Island's. Only moving to Peterhead in 1999, but been her ever since.

Some aspects of that behaviour still existed in the 1970s - I'll say no more and hope Scot22 wasn't born in Peterhead in '72/73.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Steveieb

My Home town Stoke on Trent was once described by the Duke of Edinburgh as Ghastly.

He had obviously not seen Milton Keynes when it was been developed in the sixties!

Which part of the country do we live in? - andyp

Born in a small town in North Kent called Sittingbourne and stayed there for the first 44 years of my life, then moved a whole 15 miles to Horsted which is just outside Rochester. 12 years till retirement then am planning to move to Cornwall.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Andrew-T

My Home town Stoke on Trent was once described by the Duke of Edinburgh as Ghastly.

My limited experience of S-on-T is that it is quite easy to drive straight through the middle .... :-)

Which part of the country do we live in? - RT

My Home town Stoke on Trent was once described by the Duke of Edinburgh as Ghastly.

My limited experience of S-on-T is that it is quite easy to drive straight through the middle .... :-)

Does anyone know where the centre of Stoke-On-Trent is?

It's a "polycentric" city - so take your pick from Stoke, Hanley, Burslem, Tunstakk, Longton and Fenton.

Which part of the country do we live in? - csgmart

Was born in Mansfield but moved to Bristol when I was 3. Lived here ever since although a move to somewhere else beckons (both kids grown up and daughter hopefully off to Uni this September). Looking to move nearby but outside of town due to terrible traffic congestion and expensive house prices. Hopefully my last move ever.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Nickdm
I'm based in the North Island of New Zealand - about 100 miles outside Auckland! Great driving roads, although road surfaces are often poor, necessitating careful car & tyre choice for the fussy motorist.

Have lived and worked (and driven!) in rural southern France, Denmark, the Low Countries and southern England for most of my earlier motoring life. Kind of miss the smooth French motorways sometimes, although not their toll prices!
Which part of the country do we live in? - expat

Born in Glasgow. Left in 1970 and spent 4 years back packing round the world. Settled in West Australia in 1974.

Which part of the country do we live in? - Chris M

A few of you have mentioned East London/Essex and left me wondering exactly where. I spent my first 39 years in and close to Romford. A good place to have come from!

Work moved me to SE Hampshire 18 years ago and nothing would entice me back to London. For me, it was the best place to work (City of London and therefore easy commute), but increasingly less desirable to live. We had young children when we moved here so the very low crime, cleaner air, less traffic, easy access to the seaside and only a few minutes walk to open countryside make where we are now so much nicer. Retired 2 years ago and will probably stay put until we can relieve ourselves of the kids, so about 20+ years I guess :-(

Which part of the country do we live in? - elekie&a/c doctor

Well that's where I am .Ford shire.Not far from the big blue oval sign that towers over the river Thames and the A13.(sorry ,i don't drive an XR3i)

Which part of the country do we live in? - John F

Well well. Just got back to our tiny Northants village from a weekend in rural Dorset! Must've driven past Avant as we went to Cerne Abbas via seeing someone near Yeovil. Probably the worst journey I have ever done in this country - the A303 for miles either side of Stonehenge was a vast carpark both ways early pm Friday. Goodness knows why it isn't all a dual carriageway - there's millions of rolling acres to spare, many of which will no longer be needed for food as we will soon be getting it cheaper......

Highlight of the visit was the Haynes museum - should have had free entry the number of manuals I've bought over the years!

Which part of the country do we live in? - Avant

Delighted that so many of you have responded - many thanks and good to be 'virtual friends'. Somehow I don't think we're about to be enlightened about the part of the country where we might expect to see a Caterham on the wrong side of the road..... :)

Sorry about the A303, John: ideally it's one to avoid from Friday to Sunday during the summer, especially the school holidays. It should indeed have been dualled years ago, but the plans were vetoed by the non-driving Godon Brown in the 2000s. Revived by the coalition government but they will now have umpteen inquiries and protests by NIMBYs: a good ten years away I'd expect, at least.

There are several places when dual carriageways end, but the Stonehenge bit is always the worst - slow even the other way when single becomes dual. Largely caused by mindless braking when people see Stonehenge. (Mrs Punter: 'Ooh, innit old!' Arthur Punter: 'What is?' (jams on brakes)....'Why did they put it so near the main road then?')

 

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