Longdon England. Yes with a G.

On October 19, 2010 · 2 Comments

What happens when someone wants a map of London and accidentally fat-fingers the keyboard and spells it "Longdon?" Google Maps still processes the request but it doesn’t return one of the most significant cities in the world as one originally intended. The results are considerably more humble.

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Even more amazingly, there are at least three Longdons in England. This one is a village in the Malvern Hills District in the county of Worcestershire. It’s about 125 miles from London and it should take about two and a half hours to get there.

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The next Longdon has a population of about 1,500 inhabitants, in the District of Lichfield, of Staffordshire. Another similarly-named town is located just to the northwest, Upper Longdon. Once again, about 125 miles and two and a half hours of driving will deliver a visitor to London.

I think the final Longdon, more properly called Longdon-on-Tern is my favorite Longdon.

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Here is located the remnants of a navigable aqueduct constructed from cast iron. It’s reputed to be the first of its kind ever built anywhere on any large scale. This formed a portion of the Shrewsbury Canal built in 1796 although today it’s a historical sight that only links agricultural fields. I’d love to visit it. This Longdon is found in Telford and Wrekin in the West Midlands. It’s about 150 miles and three hours of driving away from London.

What would it take to visit all three Longdons in a single journey? Let’s find out.

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Three hours of driving. Absolutely, this should be feasible. Who is going to be the first to bag all three Longdons on a single trip?

All of these interesting places, uncovered solely due to a typographical error.

On October 19, 2010 · 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Longdon England. Yes with a G.”

  1. Craig says:

    If you change the order you visit them to Telford > Rugeley > Tewkesbury, the travel time drops to 2 hours 23 minutes.

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