Unfortunately named street tops 'most embarrassing' poll

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AN unfortunately-named street near Worcester has topped a list of the most embarrassing addresses in the country.

Minge Lane in Upton-upon-Severn came first in a national vote, with estate agents claiming such streets are ideal for bargain hunters as would-be buyers are put off moving in because of the name.

A detached house in Minge Lane is worth about £253,000 while a similar property in nearby Longfield could fetch as much as £325,000.

But an Upton town councillor believes those looking for a house in Minge Lane shouldn't be put off.

"I would say, 'why not live somewhere like that'?" said Cllr Rosemary Webb.

"People are not likely to forget your address are they?

"I'm surprised at the difference in prices.

"I think people are, perhaps, over-sensitive.

"I'm pretty sure people in the town don't think twice about the name."

Minge Lane was followed in the poll by other unfortunate road names which all 'boast' lower house prices than their neighbours, including Slag Lane in Lancashire, Fanny Hands Lane in Lancashire and Bell End in the Black Country.

But one Worcester-based estate agent believes names like these shouldn't make a difference to property prices.

"I would be horrified to think that some people would not offer due to the name of the street," said Stephen Bradshaw from Town and Country Property Services which has its head office in Foregate Street, Worcester city centre.

"If the local residents of these streets were behaving like the name suggests then we might have a problem, but I would hope people have more sense than being put off by a name. It is not something I have come across."

Researchers from NeedaProperty.com asked 2,000 people to vote for the street name that they would be most embarrassed to have as their address.

Other streets include Crotch Crescent in Oxford, Turkey Cock Lane in Essex and The Knob in Northamptonshire.

Names closer to home which could have been on the list but weren't include Hornyold Road in Malvern and Cockshute Hill in Droitwich.

The UK's top 10 rude-sounding streets (see map):

  •     A: Minge Lane, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire (31 per cent thought embarrassing)
  •     B: Slag Lane, Lowton, Lancashire, 26 per cent
  •     C: Fanny Hands Lane, Ludford, Lincolnshire, 24.9 per cent
  •     D: Bell End, Rowley Regis, West Midlands (which goes into Mincing Lane), 22.5 per cent
  •     E: Crotch Crescent, Marston, Oxford, 19.6 per cent
  •     F: The Knob, Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire, 17 per cent
  •     G: Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, Essex, 10.8 per cent
  •     H: Cockshoot Close, Stonesfield, West Oxfordshire, 10.1 per cent
  •     I: Cumming Street, Islington, London, 8.9 per cent
  •     J: Cock-A-Dobby, Sandhurst, Berkshire, 6.5 per cent

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10:35am Wed 26 Feb 14

PaulMeUnder says...

That's very fanny!
That's very fanny! PaulMeUnder

10:36am Wed 26 Feb 14

Peter WR5 says...

There's far worse in some other medieval towns and cities! Let's just leave it there--the streets' names leave little to the imagination. Modesty in a family newspaper forbids further detail ...
There's far worse in some other medieval towns and cities! Let's just leave it there--the streets' names leave little to the imagination. Modesty in a family newspaper forbids further detail ... Peter WR5

10:50am Wed 26 Feb 14

green49 says...

Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.
Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is. green49

11:01am Wed 26 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

children please!
children please! liketoknow

12:26pm Wed 26 Feb 14

willing says...

In case anybody's interested in the unasked question behind the humorous Minge Lane name, it apparently derives from a type of track, through which cattle were driven. Don't know the date I'm afraid. I suspect that the name plate is set in concrete, as previous versions had understandably been captured!
In case anybody's interested in the unasked question behind the humorous Minge Lane name, it apparently derives from a type of track, through which cattle were driven. Don't know the date I'm afraid. I suspect that the name plate is set in concrete, as previous versions had understandably been captured! willing

1:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

pudniw_gib says...

One of the comments on here came from a person who clearly lives in Miserable Sod Street.
One of the comments on here came from a person who clearly lives in Miserable Sod Street. pudniw_gib

3:45pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Jethamy says...

Bideford in North Devon has a Catshole Lane!
Bideford in North Devon has a Catshole Lane! Jethamy

5:16pm Wed 26 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

let's see, Canterbury road, Westminster road Lichfield avenue etc. now what goes with minge lane?
let's see, Canterbury road, Westminster road Lichfield avenue etc. now what goes with minge lane? liketoknow

6:14pm Wed 26 Feb 14

grumpy woman says...

Court Cocking in St Ives.
Court Cocking in St Ives. grumpy woman

8:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

willing says...

green49 wrote:
Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.
It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.[/p][/quote]It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little willing

9:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

rod123 says...

willing wrote:
green49 wrote:
Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.
It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little
Totally agree willing, green 49 should take a break in Northumberland. Two nice villages Bushy Gap and **** Play.
[quote][p][bold]willing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.[/p][/quote]It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little[/p][/quote]Totally agree willing, green 49 should take a break in Northumberland. Two nice villages Bushy Gap and **** Play. rod123

9:43pm Wed 26 Feb 14

markskoda says...

Upper Backway. In Shrewton, Wiltshire.
Upper Backway. In Shrewton, Wiltshire. markskoda

7:34am Thu 27 Feb 14

willing says...

markskoda wrote:
Upper Backway. In Shrewton, Wiltshire.
Oooh...sounds divine!
[quote][p][bold]markskoda[/bold] wrote: Upper Backway. In Shrewton, Wiltshire.[/p][/quote]Oooh...sounds divine! willing

11:03am Thu 27 Feb 14

poontangy says...

Always gets a laugh where i work
Always gets a laugh where i work poontangy

11:11am Thu 27 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

willing wrote:
markskoda wrote:
Upper Backway. In Shrewton, Wiltshire.
Oooh...sounds divine!
bet it's a one way street
[quote][p][bold]willing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]markskoda[/bold] wrote: Upper Backway. In Shrewton, Wiltshire.[/p][/quote]Oooh...sounds divine![/p][/quote]bet it's a one way street liketoknow

12:02pm Thu 27 Feb 14

willing says...

There's a Booby beach in Cornwall...just to keep you all abreast
There's a Booby beach in Cornwall...just to keep you all abreast willing

12:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bufton Tufton says...

How about Cockshot Rd in Malvern and Blackboy Lane in Tottenham?
How about Cockshot Rd in Malvern and Blackboy Lane in Tottenham? Bufton Tufton

2:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

willing says...

There's a Blackboy Hill in Bristol...I wonder if streets with those types of names have connections with slavery? Sorry, getting serious!
There's a Blackboy Hill in Bristol...I wonder if streets with those types of names have connections with slavery? Sorry, getting serious! willing

8:47am Sat 1 Mar 14

Lord Newbold says...

Why should a street name lower the price of a house? Whoever, named these streets (In the year of our Lord?) would more than likely council members.

Possibly an “L” was missing from “Minge Lane” (Mingle Lane) may have been a better choice. Travelling through parts of Lancashire, we see names Like “Uncouth Road” “Michael’s Wife’s Lane” and in Rochdale there are an Albert Royds Street, which for a period in the fifties earn the “Nickname Bum Lane” Can anyone guess why? No doubt, this will be one of those cases when handshakes were very prominent. However, house prices did not suffer rents still were increased. Albert Royds Street, the majority properties where Council Houses. If these street names have become a problem to the Estate Agents in the Malvern area, get the council to take over the lettings of these unsellable low profit commission properties. Alternatively, build some new Council houses were a long serving tenant can get a large discount.
Names of Streets something of the past. All that is required now is Name, property number, or name, and the post Code. So let us all laugh at the unfortunate Estate Agents who are finding it hard to earn a crust.
Why should a street name lower the price of a house? Whoever, named these streets (In the year of our Lord?) would more than likely council members. Possibly an “L” was missing from “Minge Lane” (Mingle Lane) may have been a better choice. Travelling through parts of Lancashire, we see names Like “Uncouth Road” “Michael’s Wife’s Lane” and in Rochdale there are an Albert Royds Street, which for a period in the fifties earn the “Nickname Bum Lane” Can anyone guess why? No doubt, this will be one of those cases when handshakes were very prominent. However, house prices did not suffer rents still were increased. Albert Royds Street, the majority properties where Council Houses. If these street names have become a problem to the Estate Agents in the Malvern area, get the council to take over the lettings of these unsellable low profit commission properties. Alternatively, build some new Council houses were a long serving tenant can get a large discount. Names of Streets something of the past. All that is required now is Name, property number, or name, and the post Code. So let us all laugh at the unfortunate Estate Agents who are finding it hard to earn a crust. Lord Newbold

5:10pm Sun 2 Mar 14

The Villan says...

Now if any ginger people lived there then that would be funny! Schoolboy humour at its best.
Now if any ginger people lived there then that would be funny! Schoolboy humour at its best. The Villan

2:05pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Andrew Warmington says...

Hey.it could always be worse, you could live in the Shetland village of Twatt.
Hey.it could always be worse, you could live in the Shetland village of Twatt. Andrew Warmington

7:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

willing says...

Andrew Warmington wrote:
Hey.it could always be worse, you could live in the Shetland village of Twatt.
...Or Pratt's Bottom in Kent!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Warmington[/bold] wrote: Hey.it could always be worse, you could live in the Shetland village of Twatt.[/p][/quote]...Or Pratt's Bottom in Kent! willing

3:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

worcestersfinest says...

Slag lane sounds good, must take a trip there one day soon!
Slag lane sounds good, must take a trip there one day soon! worcestersfinest

5:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

uptonX says...

Friends of mine live in Corfe Avenue, Warndon villages.
And yes there really is a number 4
Friends of mine live in Corfe Avenue, Warndon villages. And yes there really is a number 4 uptonX

7:27am Wed 5 Mar 14

green49 says...

willing says...

green49 wrote:
Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.
It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little
Its also called a waste of money doing stupid things like this, there are historic reasons why these places are called what they are, just showss what minds are about walking the streets these days, i like fun but there are more important things to spend reasearch money on.
willing says... green49 wrote: Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is. It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little Its also called a waste of money doing stupid things like this, there are historic reasons why these places are called what they are, just showss what minds are about walking the streets these days, i like fun but there are more important things to spend reasearch money on. green49

7:49am Wed 5 Mar 14

willing says...

green49 wrote:
willing says...

green49 wrote:
Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is.
It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little
Its also called a waste of money doing stupid things like this, there are historic reasons why these places are called what they are, just showss what minds are about walking the streets these days, i like fun but there are more important things to spend reasearch money on.
There will always be much better things to research, than those which help to fuel humour or comedy, particularly in a world riddled with cruelty, poverty, hypocrisy, war, terror, starvation, unemployment, environmental pollution, and religious bigotry, among other things. The point you appear to overlook is that is why it is worth a small investment of time and money to find things to laugh at
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: willing says... green49 wrote: Havent people got more important things to sort out in life? what a waste of time this is. It's called a bit of fun mate, and to be honest, it might do you some good to chill a little Its also called a waste of money doing stupid things like this, there are historic reasons why these places are called what they are, just showss what minds are about walking the streets these days, i like fun but there are more important things to spend reasearch money on.[/p][/quote]There will always be much better things to research, than those which help to fuel humour or comedy, particularly in a world riddled with cruelty, poverty, hypocrisy, war, terror, starvation, unemployment, environmental pollution, and religious bigotry, among other things. The point you appear to overlook is that is why it is worth a small investment of time and money to find things to laugh at willing

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