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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.

hassan el kebir
807123.  Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:07 pm Reply with quote

I thought all of Hull was a council estate ;-)

807124.  Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:08 pm Reply with quote

Not quite all :-)

Spud McLaren
807137.  Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:08 pm Reply with quote

There's the docks...

807303.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:22 am Reply with quote

Gi' ower or I'll bray yer!

(See, you can take the girl out of Hull...)

920821.  Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:09 am Reply with quote

In the Victoria, Australia, town of Ballarat, I saw and photographed a 'Pencilmark Lane' sign.

920855.  Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:23 am Reply with quote

I wonder if the map was drawn first or the road was named first, or there was an accidental mark on the map which meant the road had to be built to match!


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