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358888.  Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:11 am Reply with quote

On a recent trip to see my Grandparents I discovered Havoc Road in Dumbarton, near Glasgow. I wonder what went on there to warrant such a name..........

Blackpool Rule
359581.  Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:42 am Reply with quote

i no there is a street in yorkshire called uppper end street

359862.  Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:42 am Reply with quote

My favourite is a street in Hull called The Land Of Green Ginger.

476809.  Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:10 am Reply with quote

nitwit02 wrote:
South of Swanley in Kent is a village called Loose.
Outside the church is a board advertising the 'Loose Women's Institute"

Alas - the sign is no longer there. (Or wasn't a few months ago) Though there is one for the Loose Bowls Club. I fear the local youth are too unimaginative to have vandalised it

477742.  Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:16 pm Reply with quote

Sad news, Manticora.

762391.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:21 pm Reply with quote

There is a street called Shady Lane close to Watford Station that I wouldnt fancy walking down in the dark!!! :0)

762401.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:50 pm Reply with quote

I know this has been said but just to clarify it's usually barmy not balmy, although the free dictionary does add 'eccentric' as the third definition of balmy; maybe it's use in this sense is creeping in.

762459.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:24 pm Reply with quote

There are lots of streets close to Watford Station that I wouldn't fancy walking down in the dark!

762487.  Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:00 am Reply with quote

I think the whole town's probably best avoided.


Lord Melchett
762583.  Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:45 am Reply with quote

Firstly, Hello everyone :)

Ok, a few strange street names I've seen on my travels:

Pocket Handkerchief Lane (Todwick, Rotherham)
Fanny Avenue (Killamarsh, Derbyshire)
Letsby Avenue (Sheffield. Home of the Police HQ!!!)
Shoulder of Mutton Hill (Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts)

And a few villages:

Wetwang (nr Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Land of Nod (East Riding of Yorkshire)
Botany Bay (Retford, Notts)

762585.  Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:58 am Reply with quote

I've been to both the Yorkshire ones! Welcome to the forums, your lordship :-)

Ion Zone
806784.  Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:28 am Reply with quote

In a fan-translated manga I've been reading recently (you can't buy it) a crime scene was introduced as being on "17th Street, Birmingham, England". ;)

(I think we should all feel very grateful that we have proper street names in England.)

806881.  Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:16 pm Reply with quote

There's an area of Hull which has numbered avenues, and they go as high as 40th Avenue.

I think this may be the largest number used as a street name in the UK.

806930.  Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:40 pm Reply with quote

A little one-upmanship needed here, I think. Edmonton, AB has streets up to number 217.

So there! ;)

807120.  Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:01 pm Reply with quote

Indeed there is, suze - it's called North Hull Estate and it was built as a council estate. My first ex-sister-in-law's parents lived there and I remember it well.


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