Never seen this series which, judging by its BAFTA awards, has been well-received by the critics. Apparently it has the approval of the viewing public too, if twitter is anything to go by. Now while it may be worth watching, I could never watch it without being constantly reminded that a fictional village would never, ever acquire such a name.  Whilst I concede my knowledge is better than most on the subject of toponomy (origins of place names), surely anyone can see there would never be a ‘broad church’?

It does raise the question as to how many novelists put any real thought into creating fictional place names. As a writer of fiction do you simply copy existing names, or create your own?

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