How are you spelling that? A to Z gets in a muddle with Hitchin boob – and there are no plans to put it right

A to Z gets into a muddle with Hitchin

A to Z gets into a muddle with Hitchin - Credit: Archant

It’s the British street atlas which has become a byword for finding your way around – but it has dropped a clanger with its latest edition.

Street atlas A to Z, which was first published in 1936, gets in a muddle with its Hitchin, Stevenage and Letchworth edition.

The most recent issue, first published six years ago, refers to Hitchin as Hitchen along the spine on both the front and back covers.

The main title on the front page is correctly spelled, and so is the name of the town on the map pages inside.

One regular North Herts place name which causes confusion is St Ippolyts. A to Z tries to cover all the bases by referring to it as both its standard spelling and the St Ippollytts variant, but ignores the St Ippollitts option used on road signs pointing to the village.

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A spokesman for A to Z told the Comet: “Edition three is the latest copy. We have no plans to update the current version at the moment.”

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