​Brits Are Paying More To Live On Roads With Rude Names

Many of us have the mental age of a four-year-old when it comes to rude street names. I mean, how many of you have taken a photo in front of any sign that has the word 'BOTTOM' or 'FANNY' in it, crouching down on one knee while pointing up at the crude letters with a wide grin on your face. Profile pic gold, that.

In fact, it turns out we're so obsessed with rude road names that we're willing to shell out more money to live on them than in the surrounding areas, according to UK house price figures from Zoopla.

According to the property site, it costs £100,000 more on average to live on a street with a smutty name, which is actually ridiculous - although perhaps not that surprising, given that we're all total children.

Some of Zoopla's worst offenders include Butthole Lane, Hardon Road and Bell End (*sniggers*).

Butthole Lane - which is located in Shepshed, Loughborough - is named after the Tudor word for 'target' in archery. Here, residents are paying £399,199 on average for a property, while similar homes on surrounding roads go for £178,560 on average.

Pranksters have also removed the L from 'Public Byway' which now reads Pubic Byway. Credit: Caters
Pranksters have also removed the L from 'Public Byway' which now reads Pubic Byway. Credit: Caters

Judith Amodia, 69, and Penny White, 65, have both been residents of Butthole Lane for the past 17 years, with Judith saying: "It wasn't the reason we moved but it made us smile. It still does. It's got character."

Penny added: "I wouldn't change it. I love giving my address in shops and seeing their reaction."

Meanwhile, Hardon Road in Wolverhampton has an average house price of £140,991, but properties on surrounding roads are going for much less - with Dimmock Street's average £116,042 and nearby Martin Street's just £84,476.

Hardon Road in Wolverhampton. Credit: Caters
Hardon Road in Wolverhampton. Credit: Caters

Then there's Bell End in Rowley Regis, West Mids, which was named after its closeness to a king's hunting lodge with a large bell (obviously). House prices on the road have an average price of £170,784 while its surrounding roads range between £159,278 and £124,214 on average.

Bell End in Rowley Regis. Credit: Caters
Bell End in Rowley Regis. Credit: Caters

An estate agent local to Minge Lane in Upton upon Severn also says that, along with house size, the street name could well be a factor for average prices being more than £50,000 higher than nearby roads.

The lane's unusual moniker is thought to have come from its previous life as a red light district for sailors when there was a vast trade going up and down the River Severn.

The spokesperson for estate agent Allen Harris said: "On a serious side, Minge Lane is an old road with some very large and lovely properties and there are a lot of side roads leading off it with many of those originally being council owned homes, now sold on.

"A Minge Lane road sign did end up as the sign for the ladies at the Malvern Rugby Club, with Cockshot Road, a prestigious road in Malvern, being the pointer for the gents loos."

However, while we're all giggling away, it seems not everyone is able to see the funny side.

One resident who moved to a property on Bell End hit headlines back in January 2018 when they campaigned to change the name of the area - arguing it made residents look like the laughing stock of the country, and parents had started worrying their kids were getting bullied.

Minge Lane in Upton-upon-Severn. Credit: Caters
Minge Lane in Upton-upon-Severn. Credit: Caters

But local historian Linda George, from Worcester, started a petition to keep the famous name - winning her battle in April 2018.

She said: "Myself and most of the residents of Bell End thought the petition was an outrage.

"I run a local history group for the area, and our research and oral history found the name Bell End dates back to when a Royal Hunting Lodge, probably King John's, was situated there.

"There was a bell on the lodge, giving it the name - as back then, when folk had no portable timepieces, life was governed by bells."

"When I started researching my dad's family line in 2004, I found out his family had been strict Baptists who attended a chapel in Bell End.

"That is until the family fell out with the Bell End chapel due to the installation of an organ, so they left there and built their own chapel in Hawes Lane.

"Suddenly I knew why my children were rolling around on the floor crying with laughter when I related the tale."

Oi, stop sniggering in the back there...

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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