About Us & FAQs
Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick's Marvellous Maps are designed to amuse, entertain and (occasionally) inspire. Our vintage-style maps of the funny but real place names of Britain and further afield are livening up walls, and individuals, in over 40 countries.
Astonishingly, we've even had some press coverage - see the best of it here.
Perhaps more astonishingly, we also supply maps to the Ordnance Survey, Britain's national mapping authority.
Our new Great British Adventure Map is the latest in our small but slowly-growing series celebrating all that's great about Britain.
The ST&G Guarantee
We take your happiness (and amusement) very seriously indeed, so the following come as standard:
- 20% discount on orders of 2 or more maps (use code DROPANDGIMME20 on checkout)
- Free UK shipping on orders of £30 or more
- Hassle-free returns (except for framed products, which are made to order)
We're always glad to hear from you - email us any time or click the button below (bottom right of screen).
+ HOW CAN I BUY ONE OF YOUR MAPS?
By going to our online shop, aka our home page.
+ WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UK?
That's your decision, and we wouldn't possibly comment on that, but rest arrused we happily ship worldwide (except for our framed maps, but please contact us if you'd like to get a framed map delivered internationally). If you live somewhere very exotic and are concerned about whether we can actually ship there, please ask.
+ 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 PLACES ON YOUR FUNNY PLACE NAMES MAPS?
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 could seem a little naughty. We have done our best to exclude any potentially discriminatory-sounding place names (there are still place names in the world containing what's generally regarded as unacceptable language - thankfully very few), but we've also done our best to include anything even remotely naughty or innuendo-laden - after all, that is the whole point. If you're at all concerned, avoid the rude world map. The GB adventure map, bottoms and food and drink maps are all safe.
+ 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 (FREE on orders of £30+): 3 - 5 working days
UK: First Class: 2 - 3 working days
UK: Express before 1pm (tracked): 1 - 2 working days
International: Varies according to country, generally 5 - 10 working days
UK: Standard (FREE): 5 - 6 working days
Note: UK here includes the Highlands and Islands, Scilly Isles and the Isle of Man. Does not include the Channel Islands.
+ 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, in fact) business established in 2014 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. Every unframed order is sent in a super-thick cardboard tube (or super-thick cardboard envelope for the folded adventure map), and we don't include price or payment details, so there are no worries when giving our maps as a gift. Our framed maps are mollycoddled in bubble wrap and other things to provide all the protection they need.
+ HOW HAVE YOU RESEARCHED THE FUNNY 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 blows your hair back. 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 envelope / speech bubble thingy at the bottom right of thre screen. We look forward to hearing from you!