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Creepy Small Villages

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From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newbie,_Dumfries_and_Galloway



Well, this place has everything a British b-movie setting needs for a story about the effects of an accident or illicit testing on an unsuspecting, small population.
Given that Johnson Matthey who now have the chemicals site is a pharmaceutical company who produce the first two stages required to make Methadone, you're probably right! We're I being cruel I might add "not that you'd notice any difference if they were testing on the locals in Annan" but you never know who lives where on the message boards and I have to drive past Annan every day
 

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"not that you'd notice any difference if they were testing on the locals in Annan"
That's my neck of the woods! In Glasgow these days though.

The places seem to get odder as you head west and get to, for example Whithorn and Port Glasgow William. I'd happily live in both of them but....

Edit to get the name right :rolleyes:
 

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That's my neck of the woods! In Glasgow these days though.

The places seem to get odder as you head west and get to, for example Whithorn and Port Glasgow William. I'd happily live in both of them but....

Edit to get the name right :rolleyes:
I do know what you mean. Stranraer feels like the place that time forgot. It's one of those places where you can't imagine an outsider moving to. Dumfries and Galloway in general is lovely what with its' coastline and forests but Stranraer has a "Straw Dogs" feel to it.
 

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Stranraer feels like the place that time forgot. It's one of those places where you can't imagine an outsider moving to. Dumfries and Galloway in general is lovely what with its' coastline and forests but Stranraer has a "Straw Dogs" feel to it.
It got more like that after the Seacats stopped...
 

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Although probably more a town than a village, I find Alston in Cumbria a bit... odd. We decided to stop there for lunch one day and I swear people were looking at us like 'mmm... outsiders' :wear: The place had a very strange feel about it, and we didn't stay for long!
 

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Going back to the photo of Newbie, not being from the UK this looks to me like a company-planned town with all the houses looking the same. Would it have been planned and built and then the factory closed, leaving really disgruntled inhabitants?
 

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Going back to the photo of Newbie, not being from the UK this looks to me like a company-planned town with all the houses looking the same. Would it have been planned and built and then the factory closed, leaving really disgruntled inhabitants?
It's bog-standard council housing. Looks completely normal to be but you probably have to be there to get the vibe!

Tornagrain near Inverness is a place I find strange even though I try not to. The buildings have been done in a sort of Georgian style which should be attractive. I mean it is attractive. But because they are so new it just looks odd. There never seems to be anyone around either. I guess they all just get in their cars and drive to Inverness despite the businesses and services promised by the developer.

https://www.tornagrain.com
 

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Although probably more a town than a village, I find Alston in Cumbria a bit... odd. We decided to stop there for lunch one day and I swear people were looking at us like 'mmm... outsiders' :wear: The place had a very strange feel about it, and we didn't stay for long!
I believe Alston was also subject to a campaign - probably 15 years ago - where they appealed for young ladies to go and live there so the farmers could find wives!
 

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Hmm this advertising campaign has a certain creepiness about it, it mentions that the census shows there are just as many women as men so the issue is obviously the type of men who like to, to paraphrase 'work hard and play hard' maybe the pub culture there is too laddish for most of the women of the village, and who can blame them, i can imagine any lone single woman frequenting the pubs there getting continually bombarded with unwanted attention from the 'sad singletons', one 'lonely heart' requests "Looking for a woman who is "a good cook and who doesn't mind a bit of hard work round the house like cutting logs and gardening". Comes across as a bit misogynistic IMO.
 

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Well... I'm becoming less inclined to revisit by the minute!

However I can recommend Allendale Town which is nearby (although situated in Northumberland). It's not exactly bustling but there's a pleasant cafe and art gallery full of work from local artists, and there are also some decent moderate walks around the area. I seem to remember there was one unusual shop there, a bit of an aladdins cave from memory. I've only been in once and I can't remember what it's called (might not be there anymore).
 
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Going back to the photo of Newbie, not being from the UK this looks to me like a company-planned town with all the houses looking the same. Would it have been planned and built and then the factory closed, leaving really disgruntled inhabitants?
The houses were built close to a boiler works, which I think is still there. It's possible they were originally houses for workers. Newbie is only a mile or so from Annan, so there are plenty of facilities and services nearby. I've always found that area of the Solway Firth quite bleak for some reason, possibly due to the mudflats and quicksand which make parts of it quite dangerous.
 
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I seem to remember there was one unusual shop there, a bit of an aladdins cave from memory. I've only been in once and I can't remember what it's called (might not be there anymore).
Was it Mithras next to The Hotspur Inn? Both long gone, alas.

Ochone Ochone!
 

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Was it Mithras next to The Hotspur Inn? Both long gone, alas.

Ochone Ochone!
I'm not sure, although this was only a few years ago?

Maybe I'm talking about the sci fi museum?? If so I don't think I realised it was a museum! Maybe I'm the odd one... perhaps I should move to Alston. :hahazebs:

Edit: Just had a look and I can confirm it's not the sci fi museum! See attachment, found it on Google maps although don't know whether it's still there. Looks like it's a gift shop. :)
 

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I'm not sure, although this was only a few years ago?

Maybe I'm talking about the sci fi museum?? If so I don't think I realised it was a museum! Maybe I'm the odd one... perhaps I should move to Alston. :hahazebs:

Edit: Just had a look and I can confirm it's not the sci fi museum! See attachment, found it on Google maps although don't know whether it's still there. Looks like it's a gift shop. :)
They need to reconsider those umbrellas out front. They suggest that they’re selling something, but it ain’t gifts.

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I've mentioned before on here about the little village three miles from mine, where there is never ANYBODY on the streets. Walked down through there on BH Monday with son and dog and, again, despite the fact it was a Bank Holiday, there was nobody about. The horses were all rugged up, the verges were cut and immaculate, but...just nobody.

The wind was cold, mind, but not THAT bad.

And, as a previous horse owner, I always look askance at horses standing around on sunny weekend or holidays and wonder why their owners aren't using the opportunity to fit in a good long ride.
 

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I gotta theory that places with a lot of earth disturbance are creepy - ex-mining villages, ironstone extraction, china clay, quarrying. They don't get any better when slagheaps are reassimilated into weirdly smooth grass hills.

Strange villages got worse since they lost their railways IMO. New ideas and bloodlines arriving at the station always helped. Strangest places I've been, bearing in mind you can move 5 miles and get a totally different atmosphere are:

The Isle of Sheppey
Keighley
Mansfield
Redruth
Neasden
You need to visit Marton, New Zealand
 

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And, as a previous horse owner, I always look askance at horses standing around on sunny weekend or holidays and wonder why their owners aren't using the opportunity to fit in a good long ride.
If they are like my friends horse, who works so hard creating vets/livery/farriers bills, too high strung to ride.
 
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