By Michael Scott
Barmy Brits are shelling out MORE to live on roads with rude names than in surrounding areas.
According to Zoopla figures, it costs £100,000 more on average to live on a street with a smutty name – with some of the worst offenders including Butthole Lane, Hardon Road and Bell End.
On Butthole Lane in Shepshed, Loughborough, named after the Tudor word for target, as this was the location where archers practiced, residents are paying £399,199 on average for a property – while similar homes on surrounding roads go for £178,560 on average.
Judith Amodia, 69, and Penny White, 65, have both been residents of Butthole Lane for the past 17 years.
Judith said: “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.”
Hardon Road in Wolverhampton has an average house price of £140,991, with the average property going for much less on surrounding roads with Dimmock Street’s average £116,042 and nearby Martin Street’s just £84,476.
In Bell End in Rowley Regis, West Mids, named after its closeness to a king’s hunting lodge with a large bell, houses have an average price of £170,784 while its surrounding roads range between £159,278 and £124,214 on average.
An estate agent local to Minge Lane in Upton upon Severn, where average prices are more than £50,000 higher than nearby roads, said that the house size could also be a factor – as well as the blush-inducing name.
Minge Lane’s unusual title is said to come from its previous incarnation 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.”
But it seems not everyone in the UK is a fan of the rude road signs, with a resident who moved into a property on Bell End in Rowley Regis, West Mids, hitting the headlines in January 2018 when they campaigned to change the name as it made residents look like a laughing stock and parents were concerned children living on the road were being bullied.
Local historian Linda George, from Worcester, started a petition to keep the famous name – winning her battle to keep the smutty moniker 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.”