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The UK's rudest place names


Rude-sounding street names may be responsible for a slash in property value prices - but they also make ripe territory for those in search of a bargain, a new survey has found.

Real estate website needaproperty.com examined the impact of innuendo-laden road names such as Crotch Crescent and Cockshoot Close on the value of houses based there.

It found an average 22% dip in price compared to other houses in conventionally-named streets nearby. For example, the average price for a detached house in Minge Lane, Worcestershire, is £253,389 compared to nearby Longfield, where homes go for £325,000.

The findings are good news for first-time home owners looking to snap up a bargain; especially as 40% of 2000 people questioned in the same survey said they would not be put off buying a property because of an embarrassing street name.

Scott Green, CEO of NeedaProperty.com, said, "Whilst living in a street with a funny or rude name might be a fun conversation starter or source of dinner party banter, it might not be so good when it comes to selling your house.

"However, with an embarrassing street name causing such a big difference in a property’s value, it seems there are bargains to be had for those who don’t mind a bit of innuendo."

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of Britain's naughtiest-sounding street signs. Want a land a property bargain? These places could do trick:

ABOVE: The Knob (thoughtfully illustrated) in Kings Sutton, Oxfordshire.

ABOVE: Shitterton village in Dorset. The sign was stolen so many times that villagers eventually had a whip round to raise money for a stone sign to deter pranksters.

ABOVE: The village of Crapstone on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

ABOVE: The residents of Butt Hole Road in South Yorkshire eventually clubbed together to change their street name to the more inane (and far less entertaining) Archers Way.

ABOVE: Backside Lane in Sibford Gower, Oxfordshire.

ABOVE: Cockshoot Close in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire.

ABOVE: Bush Lane in the heart of London.

ABOVE: A signpost for Scratchy Bottom near Lulworth, Dorset.

ABOVE: Penistone, a market town in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Photos: Rex Features



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