Britain’s streets are paved with rather strange names

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Advice -

i, like many oth­ers I’m sure, live on a road called King Street.

Is it one of the most com­mon street names? – T.

Not re­ally, as it is only the 28th most com­mon street name in the coun­try.

Top of the list is High Street, with 5410 ex­am­ples.

Sec­ond is Sta­tion Road, with 3811 ex­am­ples and third, with 2704, is Main Street.

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Park Road, Church Road, Church Street, Lon­don Road, Vic­to­ria Road, Green Lane and Manor Road.

At the other end of the scale, Britain does have some unique - and of­ten rather silly or rude streets.

In Rye there is Dumb Woman’s Lane. Two the­o­ries ex­ist as to why it has such a name, one be­ing that a woman who couldn’t talk once lived there. The other, more grue­some idea is that the road was a route for smug­glers in the Mid­dle Ages. To pre­vent a woman who lived there from in­form­ing the au­thor­i­ties, smug­glers cut her tongue out. On a lighter note, Spike Mil­li­gan once lived there.

There is a Need­less Al­ley in Birm­ing­ham, Malvern has a Horny­old Road, and a sign in Carters Lane, Hitchin, boasts that it was “For­merly known as Wib­bly Wob­bly Lane”.

Back on the grue­some theme, there are a few Cut Throat Lanes in Britain, but Brighton has a much nicer place name in Tidy Street.

But Tra­verse City, Michi­gan, USA, has a place I’m happy to avois, namely Psy­cho Path!

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