Offensive street names? Water off a duck's back, say residents

Faggot Yard resident Iain Lee likes living in a street with a name that is a talking point.

Faggot Yard resident Iain Lee likes living in a street with a name that is a talking point.

First published in News

Would a rude sounding road name put you off buying a house?

Perhaps you cringe at your address sounding more like a crime scene or a racy remark.

A study for Needaproperty.com found road names bordering on the offensive sometimes resulted in cheaper house prices because people would be too embarrassed to live there - a suggestion dismissed by local estate agents.

And while residents of Faggot Yard in Braintree have often been on the receiving end of sniggers, they are happy with their exclusive little neighbourhood.

Iain Lee, who has lived there for 18 years, said: “When I moved here, I thought I would get my leg pulled but it’s water off a duck’s back."
 

Here’s a selection of some of the more unusual road names across the Braintree and Witham areas.

Doghouse Road, Pattiswick

Dog Chase, Wethersfield

Faggot Yard, off Church Lane, Bocking

Fairy Hall Lane, Rayne

Pickpocket Lane, Black Notley

Rotten End, Wethersfield

Dancing Dicks Lane, Witham

Sneezum Walk, Witham

Cut Throat Lane, Witham

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5:07pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pierre-pierre says...

what exactly is wrong with ****??

Definition of **** in English:****
Line breaks: fag¦got
Pronunciation: /ˈfagət

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noun

1 (usually faggots) British A ball or roll of seasoned chopped liver, baked or fried.
2 (US ****) A bundle of sticks bound together as fuel.
More example sentences
what exactly is wrong with ****?? Definition of **** in English:**** Line breaks: fag¦got Pronunciation: /ˈfagət / noun 1 (usually faggots) British A ball or roll of seasoned chopped liver, baked or fried. 2 (US ****) A bundle of sticks bound together as fuel. More example sentences pierre-pierre
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6:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Lost on the french, innit?

I saw the strangest address a long time back. The cottage name was 'Cockwellin' in the village of Tillet in Hertfordshire.
Lost on the french, innit? I saw the strangest address a long time back. The cottage name was 'Cockwellin' in the village of Tillet in Hertfordshire. /@|_|@\
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8:13am Thu 13 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

I have always liked Cut Throat Lane wouldn't mind living there
I have always liked Cut Throat Lane wouldn't mind living there Bhudeeka
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8:52am Thu 13 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
I have always liked Cut Throat Lane wouldn't mind living there
I use it regularly and notice that there is no actual street sign on either end.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: I have always liked Cut Throat Lane wouldn't mind living there[/p][/quote]I use it regularly and notice that there is no actual street sign on either end. The Stinker Returns
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3:17pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Fidget0610 says...

I wouldn't really call some of them offensive! What happened to the days when words were just words and not believed to be offensive to people! Everybody is getting too sensitive these days and need to stop letting silly things like this worry them!
I wouldn't really call some of them offensive! What happened to the days when words were just words and not believed to be offensive to people! Everybody is getting too sensitive these days and need to stop letting silly things like this worry them! Fidget0610
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4:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

keith_l says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
I have always liked Cut Throat Lane wouldn't mind living there
Nobody lives on Cut Throat Lane. The first part of it which most people (and some maps) assume is Cut Throat Lane is actually part of Albert Road. Cut Throat Lane starts just before the car park entrance, continues up the side of the car park where it crosses the Braintree branch line and becomes a bridleway to the Northern part of Motts Lane, which is also a bridleway.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: I have always liked Cut Throat Lane wouldn't mind living there[/p][/quote]Nobody lives on Cut Throat Lane. The first part of it which most people (and some maps) assume is Cut Throat Lane is actually part of Albert Road. Cut Throat Lane starts just before the car park entrance, continues up the side of the car park where it crosses the Braintree branch line and becomes a bridleway to the Northern part of Motts Lane, which is also a bridleway. keith_l
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