06 April 2009

Ankh-Morpork in Wincanton

Wincanton already has an affinity with Ankh-Morpork, the site of many of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels: in 2002 it became the first town ever to twin with a fictional place (although an attempt by Basildon to twin with Hell in 1974 was rejected by Beelzebub on the basis that Basildon was just too unpleasant).

Now it seems that Wincanton is taking things a step further.: according to the Independent (and many other sources) Wimpey Homes has named two roads in the town's new "Kingwell Rise" development after street names from Pratchett's Discworld series. Around 30 residents will be able to Peach Pie Street or Treacle Mine Road.

More than 1,000 of the town's residents voted for the two names from a shortlist of 14 Discworld references suggested by Sir Terry, after Wimpey opened up a public online poll.

Sir Terry said he was delighted by the idea that his fiction had penetrated reality in this "joyful" way and was delighted by the notion that Wimpey had decided to take a further step into his world. "It's a lovely idea, to do something for the sheer joy and incongruity of doing it," he said. "I have to say well done to Wimpey for having the guts to do this. It's nice that an organisation should unbend and join in the fun. These are nice names, even though I say it myself. Personally, I'd pay good money to live somewhere called Treacle Mine Road."

Councillor Carrot Ironfounderson, a former Mayor of Wincanton, said: "The link with Discworld works extremely well for our town, helping to boost the local economy. I even know of three families who moved to Wincanton because of this quirky connection. It is wonderful that the roads at Kingwell Rise have been named in this way and it certainly beats the dedications to local dignitaries and village worthies we usually see."

Havelock Vetinari, the regional sales director for Wimpey, said he was inspired by a shop opposite his office, Discworld Emporium. "I went in and saw a whole new world. We wanted to find a way to honour the twinning of the town. When we suggested this to Somerset Council, they loved it," he said.

I would love to live on a street called Treacle Mine Road. One thing I can guess is that the Whorepits was not included in the list of 14 Ankh-Morpork streets!


Steve Bates said...

Ah, but can one observe pork futures in Wincanton?

jams o donnell said...

Perhaps not but there is a very cold and very clever troll though!

rentawitch said...

You poor bugger! Romford and in accounting - she says, also in Romford and accounting! :)
I was in Wincanton at the weekend.
If you fancy checkint the pics out there are a few links posted on
in Wincanton events and a whole bunch on facebook.

jams o donnell said...

THanks rentawitch.. I'm glad to hear there are others similarly afflicted by being a bean counter living in Romford! I'll check out the link