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Perhaps more interestingly, this got me thinking - what other ____-est villages are out there?
The village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales has the longest name of any place in Europe. Wikipedia can give you a pronunciation and a lot more info if you are interested.
Since there is no official definition of what is a village vs what is a town, there is stiff competition for the title of largest village in England. It would appear that the two front runners are Kidlington (pop. 15,000) in Oxfordshire and Ecclesfield (pop 31,000) in South Yorkshire. Both have never taken on a town charter and are still run by a parish council rather than a town council so technically they can still be called villages, BUT Ecclesfield is actually a suburb of Sheffield, so I am going to disqualify it and give the title of Largest Village in England to Kidlington. Congratulations Kidlington-ites!
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According to the Met Office, the village of Glenfinnan in the Scottish Higlands is the wettest village in the UK (and the third wettest place). This village located on the edge of Loch Shiel recieves an average annual rainfall of 118.98 inches. Oh and if you like that show Highlander, you may be interested to know that Connor and Duncan MacLeod (whoever they are) were both supposedly born in Glenfinnian.
In 2008, some researchers from Sheffield University named the village of Bramhall, near Manchester, the friendliest spot in the UK. According to their report, they "found very little evidence of community division or people feeling isolated". Conversely, the report named Edinburgh as the place with the weakest communities, followed closely by Headingley in Leeds, the Hyde Park area of London and the university area of Cardiff.
*There is some debate about this as a few other places claim to be the longest village in England