About Us & FAQs
We are Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick, cartographers extraordinaire. Classy from afar (but far from classy up close), our vintage-style wall maps celebrate the world's funny place names. And, by Jupiter's appendage, there are more of them than you'd think. From the great Knobs of Australia to the magnificent Bottoms of Britain, via the multiple Climaxes of the USA, there are thousands of real place names whose sole aim, it seems, is to cause uncontrollable bouts of childish giggling.
Thankfully, you don't have to travel the world to discover and enjoy the world's funniest place names. We've scoured the earth to save you that bother. Our maps are made from the finest ingredients: a precise measure of pedantry, a small portion of innuendo, an uppity pinch of pomposity, and - crucially - 100% genuine, homegrown place names. Join us for the best geography lesson you never had.
ST&G's marvellous maps are livening up walls (and individuals) in over 40 countries around the world. We're no media darlings, but we are batting higher than our average when it comes to press coverage - see the best of it here.
The ST&G Guarantee
We take your happiness (and amusement) very seriously indeed, so the following come as standard:
- 20% discount on orders of £30 and over (use code DROPANDGIMME20 on checkout)
- Free UK shipping on orders of £30 and over
- Great customer service, including hassle-free returns
We're always glad to hear from you - to get in touch, use the button below (bottom right of screen).
+ HOW CAN I BUY ONE OF YOUR MAPS?
By going to our online shop. You can either click on that bit of bold & gold text you just read, or click the SHOP button at the top of each page.
+ WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UK?
That's not a problem, we ship worldwide!
+ DO ALL THE PLACES ON YOUR MAPS ACTUALLY EXIST? ARE YOU REALLY TELLING ME YOU'VE NOT MADE THEM UP?
Yes, all place names on our maps are 100% bona fide, genuine and authentic. You simply couldn't make some of them up.
+ HOW RUDE ARE THE PLACE NAMES?
Every single place on our maps exist not only in reality, but also on government-approved mapping databases, and governments wouldn't endorse anything rude would they?
+ SERIOUSLY, ARE YOUR MAPS SAFE VIEWING FOR CHILDREN OR PEOPLE WHO ARE EASILY OFFENDED?
If you have to ask... no, we realise you want a proper answer so here goes. The main maps of GB, Australia and the USA contain place names that out of context might seem a little rude. We have done our best to exclude any potentially discriminatory-sounding place names (yes there are still places in the world containing the n-word - thankfully very few), but we've also done our best to include anything even remotely naughty, saucy or smutty - after all that is the whole point. Is Twatt rude? It just means a clearing or parcel of land with a dwelling on it. Our Bottoms and food & drink maps of GB are pretty safe territory if you are in doubt.
+ WHAT IS THIS ST&G GUARANTEE I KEEP SEEING?
Put simply it's our promise to be honest and treat you like we'd like to be treated (we like to be treated like royalty by the way). If you look at the section just above these FAQs you can read all about it.
+ TALK ME THROUGH THE PAYMENT OPTIONS?
We accept the usual major credit and debit cards. Unfortunately we are unable to take payments by PayPal (but are lobbying Squarespace to make that option a reality). All payments are processed by the super-secure Stripe infrastructure.
+ WHAT ARE YOUR DELIVERY OPTIONS?
Delivery times differ according to the products, your location and stock levels. The following are our best estimates (if in doubt, do get in touch):
UK: Standard Absolutely free (no minimum order): 3 - 5 working days.
UK: Express before 1pm* (tracked) (£8): 1 - 2 working days
*Includes the Highlands and Islands, Scilly Isles and the Isle of Man. Does not include the Channel Islands.
International Deliveries: 5 - 10 working days.
Please note: Estimates for delivery times may vary from those above; please contact us for details.
+ DO YOU CHARGE VAT?
All prices include VAT (where applicable). Our VAT registration number is 258 1114 20. If you have any questions please contact us
+ STRUMPSHAW, TINCLETON & GIGGLESWICK: ARE THOSE REALLY YOUR SURNAMES?
No, but wouldn't that be good?
+ FINE, BUT WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?
We are a small (tiny) business based in Bath in the beautiful South West of England. The registered business is called Squeaky Wheels Limited, and further details can be found in the 'About Us' section of our terms and conditions.
+ HOW ARE THE PRODUCTS PACKAGED?
We hand package all our products with the utmost care to protect them on their journey to you. Below is a break down of how each product is loving prepared.
Prints: Rolled in tissue paper and sent in thick cardboard tubes.
Mugs: Sent in strong polystyrene boxes.
Tea Towels: Wrapped in tissue paper and sent in padded postal bags.
+ HOW HAVE YOU RESEARCHED THE PLACE NAMES / MAPS AND WHAT FURTHER READING WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
Further Reading - sounds like a very British place name. Well, in short, we research our maps through a combination of travelling, chuckling at lots of maps, and of course typing rude words into the internet. For further reading on British place names, there's a great book entitled A Dictionary of British Place Names by A. D. Mills (Oxford University Press, 2011). There you will find not only the origins and meanings of over 17,000 place names but also a strong bibliography, if that's what makes your bum hum. Also of potential interest to the armchair adventurer is the wonderful The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd (Pan Books, 1983) - a true classic. Look up Nempnett Thrubwell. For more info including place names from further afield, feel free to drop us a line.
+ I HAVE A QUESTION THAT ISN'T HERE, WHAT DO I DO?
Descend into blind panic. Or you could enjoy the pleasure of contacting us. Please get in touch by clicking on the bold and gold text you just read or the little speech bubble thingy at the bottom right of thre screen. We look forward to hearing from you!