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Britain’s Rudest Place Names

Britain's Rudest Place Names

Britain's Rudest Place Names

By Ksenia Sobchak

Lately Fleet and Hull have come under the microscope as Britain’s sauciest cities, but is it hardly surprising given the national love of sensational place names? Anyone who has ever alighted at Heathrow will chuckle at the memory of boarding a train destined for Cockfosters, but that’s not even the tip of the titillating iceberg. Here are our five favourite rude place names in ol’ Blighty:

The Tickle Cock Bridge, Castleford. Residents of Castleford in Yorkshire were prepared to go down fighting when their beloved Tickle Cock Bridge was renamed to the more politically correct version “Tittle Cott”. After campaigning and protesting, the residents won the local authority over and the name was reinstated in 2010.

Bell End, Worcestershire. Local residents living in this little village may be forgiven for being a bit penis-crazy. They do, after all, live in the knob end of the popper. Imagine filling out subscription forms that require an address, or trying to explain this to a telephone salesman… “Why yes, I live at the top of Bell End. Number one. Number two is on the other side…”

Butt Hole Road, Doncaster. The street may have been renamed to the more sanitary “Archer’s Way”, but local residents still live under the shame of Butt Hole Road jokes that made their little part of town a famous tourist destination.

Crotch Crescent, Marston, Oxford. Things get a little crazy when you take a turn down Crotch Crescent in Marston. It wouldn’t be so bad if the aptly-named road wasn’t actually in the shape of someone’s crotch. No kidding.

Lickfold, West Sussex, England. It might just be my preference, but who could resist taking a trip to Lickfold? This is where they should have filmed Desperate Housewives. Hell, I might even have auditioned!