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IS IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT THE HARDEST PLACE TO SPELL IN BRITAIN?
 

Star date: 22nd October 2017

SALFORD ALDI STORE LATEST TO SPELL TH' HEIGHT WRONG

The Aldi store, which replaced the Co-op on Bolton Road, is the latest to get the spelling of Irlams o' th' Height wrong on its signs. Few people who don't actually live in the area get the name right, for some reason.

A local resident who couldn't get Aldi to put its sign right, wrote to the Salford Star and the store was contacted. A spokesperson responded: "We're currently correcting the sign." Why can no-one spell Irlams o' th' Height?

Full details here...


...Irlam o' th' Heights?...Irlam o'th'Height...Irlam O'The Heights...Irlams o'th' Height...

...Why can so few people spell Irlams o'th' Height correctly? Try it out. Ask anyone who is not familiar with the place how to spell it and they inevitably get it wrong. A recent media class actually did a survey of people on Bolton Road and around 25% of those who lived there couldn't spell it correctly.

Meanwhile, a writer who worked with Tony Warren, Th' Height's most famous son, tells how she was reprimanded by him around 15 years ago for getting the spelling wrong...15 years later and she still can't spell it..."He taught me how to do it but I forgot" she sighs.

The latest to get in a muddle over Th' Height is Aldi on Bolton Road, which replaced the old Co-op. Some unfortunate soul had put it on the store's sign as Irlam o'th'Heights, which peeved a number of local shoppers.

One got in touch with the Salford Star saying that despite he and others writing to Aldi asking them to put the sign right, nothing was done. The Star got in touch with Aldi, whose spokesperson said: "We're thankful this has been brought to our attention. We're currently correcting the sign."

A victory of sorts in the spell hell of Th' Height. Now it's just a question of educating the other 66million people in Britain...

Taliesin ap Rhys ap Gruffydd ap Hopper, contender for Eisteddfod 2018 wrote
at 08:58:10 on 19 April 2018
I have to agree with you that IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT probably is the hardest name place to spell correctly in Britain. I am here, visiting my Uncle Hedley, or as we call him back home, Ewythr Hedley, at the Salford Twilight Home for the Aged Politically Bewildered just off Bolton Road. When I turned up, evidently he hadn’t received my letter indicating that I was coming to see him. I showed him the address from my iPad. He said, “Are you turning Labour with one of those? Oh, you got the address wrong. You put the “s” in the wrong place, just like Aldi.” I guess I have trouble spelling the name correctly, although I have never had any similar problem with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Never mind your weird English spellings, your pronunciations are out too! And you moan about us!! Ewythr Hedley always corrects me when I pronounce the “a” as “a” in Salford and not as an “o”. Did you know that Averham in Nottinghamshire is pronounced “Airrum” and that Wymondham in Norfolk is “Windum”!! And as for Happisburgh, “Hazeborough” indeed. The important thing IS to correctly spell the name of a place – it’s politeness. It does not take more than a couple of moments for Corporate HQs to check the spellings of names or pronunciations of their Branches’ locations.
 
James Potts wrote
at 15:32:07 on 18 April 2018
Who can tell me what brewery owned the last Pack Horse, i say it was Holts but my pals swears it was Swales in 1960?.
 
Keith J. Smith wrote
at 09:36:21 on 29 October 2017
"Tony Warren, Th' Height's most famous son" Wasn't he born in Pendlebury? ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. He was born at 3 Wilton Avenue, Pendlebury (Westwood Estate) (postcode today M27 4JT). The house is literally round the corner from my home on Danesway. Real surname was "Simpson".
 
white wrote
at 12:05:58 on 24 October 2017
"Tony Warren, Th' Height's most famous son" Wasn't he born in Pendlebury?
 
Trev wrote
at 06:30:10 on 24 October 2017
I don't understand why they got it wrong now, the farewell signage at the exit always said Irlams O' Th' Height.
 
The Fat End of The Wedge wrote
at 12:30:31 on 23 October 2017
Not forgetting of course that it also gets confused with that other part of Salford - Irlam. When I use my card in the Height Aldi it appears on my statement as: ALDI 89 773 IRLAM GB
 
Keith J. Smith wrote
at 22:10:39 on 22 October 2017
Have lived just over the boundary in Pendlebury since 1983. Since we had no car at the time, we shopped at the Co-op store. Got a book from the library about the Height which included the story about the Pack Horse pub from which the area gets its name. From time to time I would come across many examples of the incorrect spelling and I took it upon myself to do a little write-up based on the book which I could conveniently produce for error makers. It has been saved on my pc for years now. I now include this below. Hope it is not too boring. Here goes. Irlams o' th' Height How it got its name Irlams o' th' Height ("The Height", for short) is a district of Pendleton, Salford. This district's name is very often spelled and quoted incorrectly in various forms. The origin of the name is basically due to the area's history. Since the end of the 16th century there had been an inn on the (turnpike) road from Manchester and Salford towards Chorley, Preston and Lancaster etc which was called the “Pack Horse". Indeed the last Pack Horse was only demolished in 1975 due to a large redevelopment of the A580/A6/A666 road junction. However, during the 17th and 18th centuries the Pack Horse (of the day) was in the hands of no less than 10 members of the Irlam family, as follows. Thomas Irlam I to 1600 Thomas Irlam II 1600-1620 Peter Irlam 1629 Richard Irlam 1647-1666 Robert Irlam 1684-1702 Jane Irlam 1718 Richard Irlam 1722-1726 John Irlam 1739 Peter Irlam 1740-1752 Martha Irlam 1754-1768 With the Pack Horse/s being run by the Irlam family for well over a century and a half, it was no surprise that it became known locally as "Irlam's". With its location on ground higher than the rest of Pendleton, the area soon became commonly known as "the Height". Coupled with the Pack Horse being referred to as "Irlam's", the developing hamlet/village became known as "Irlam's on the Height" or, as it evolved into today's official name, "Irlams o' th' Height".
 
Amanda Finnegan wrote
at 19:44:03 on 22 October 2017
Irlam’s or Irlams’? As it is named after the family Irlam
 
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