Yep, how to correctly pronounce British place names makes your mind boggle = (it confuses you, confounds you, it’s so mysterious – it’s unfathomable)! Even for native speakers – if you don’t know it, it’s impossible – just hazard a guess! There is simply no “rhyme or reason” to it. This is clearly demonstrated in the video below – big thanks to Thomas for bringing it to my attention. Word of warning; the narrators go so fast it’ll challenge your listening skills as well as pronunciation. If you can follow, it should raise a laugh or two and there’s a mini history lesson on the anthropological diversity of our British Isles too.