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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 6th Jan 18, 1:04 PM
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    Would you buy a house here ?
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    Would you buy a house here ? 6th Jan 18 at 1:04 PM
    Residents of a road in the West Midlands petitioned their Council to change the street name. They said their children were getting bullied for living there.
    But now i rival petition which already has 3000 signatures is asking for the historic name to be left alone.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5269878/thousands-sign-rival-petition-opposing-pointless-calls-for-council-to-change-bell-end-street-saying-the-rude-name-is-historic/
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 6th Jan 18, 1:26 PM
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    Wouldn't bother me at all.
    I abhor the modern practice of getting rid of old words and place names that aren't quite "nice".
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 6th Jan 18, 1:54 PM
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    The street name wouldn't bother me but in the West Midlands, not a chance.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jan 18, 8:06 PM
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    There's a whole village in Worcestershire called Bell End.

    Amusingly, it wasn't a term I had ever heard much, if at all, until recent years. D....kh...d was the common perjurative term in the circles I moved in.
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    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 6th Jan 18, 8:44 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 8:44 PM
    I abhor the modern practice of getting rid of old words and place names that aren't quite "nice".
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    Its not a modern practise - been happening for a very long time now, since the eighteenth/nineteenth centuries.

    Try looking-up the histories if the various Love Lanes across the country. Most were re-named from something much more basic and less romantic in medieval times.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 6th Jan 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:01 PM
    There's still a Slag Lane in St. Helens 9from the slag heaps, not the female kind!), but Thieves Lane was renamed Eaves Lane (also St. Helens).
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Jan 18, 5:14 AM
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    I wouldn't object to living in Bell End, but I'm not sure about Slutshole Lane, in Attleborough in Norfolk, which was mentioned on another thread recently.

    The Sluts part is thought to derive from a Dutch word meaning sluice, and is to do with the draining of the fens, so a very local and pertinent meaning.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 07-01-2018 at 5:17 AM.
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 7th Jan 18, 10:31 AM
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    • 7th Jan 18, 10:31 AM
    I wonder if those residents would be complaining if their street was called Gaylord Lane?

    (Gaylord is apparently on Olde English man's name.)

    Did they know the slang meaning of the name before moving there and, if so, why move there in that case? I wonder how much the Sun paid for their story?

    Seriously, if they get what they want, it's going to be a long process to get everything changed that has their addresses on it (council tax, bank accounts, DWP, payroll details, insurance, gas, electric, water, phone, etc.) And some places charge an admin fee for that.

    The utilities will take longer because of the national databases that have to be updated.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 7th Jan 18, 10:41 AM
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    Its not a modern practise - been happening for a very long time now, since the eighteenth/nineteenth centuries.

    Try looking-up the histories if the various Love Lanes across the country. Most were re-named from something much more basic and less romantic in medieval times.
    Originally posted by pogofish
    Have a read (warning, all the links contain profanity)

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2004/apr/18/property.homebuying1

    and

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickle_!!!!_Bridge

    EDIT : the exclamation marks need to be replaced with the four letter form of the male version of a hen, since board software seems to think discussion of male chickens is inappropriate and needs to be censored .

    The link in the "see also" section of the second article is also worth a read.
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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 7th Jan 18, 11:37 AM
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    Many years ago, i use to work with a bloke who lived in Poverty Ln. He always said he'd bought his house there 'cos, it suited him to a T, he was so poor.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Jan 18, 11:45 AM
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    Have a read (warning, all the links contain profanity)

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2004/apr/18/property.homebuying1

    and

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickle_!!!!_Bridge

    EDIT : the exclamation marks need to be replaced with the four letter form of the male version of a hen, since board software seems to think discussion of male chickens is inappropriate and needs to be censored .

    The link in the "see also" section of the second article is also worth a read.
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99
    What's interesting is that the majority of the residents didn't seem to want the name changed!

    I suppose there's an element of fun in notoriety!
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 7th Jan 18, 2:22 PM
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    It's a bit rich to claim that the name is affecting their property values - if that really was the case, then they will have paid less in the first place.

    Reminds me of the people who buy houses near operational RAF bases - because the houses are cheaper because of the noise - and then complain about the noise!
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 7th Jan 18, 2:47 PM
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    It's a bit rich to claim that the name is affecting their property values - if that really was the case, then they will have paid less in the first place.
    Originally posted by Silvertabby
    Not necessarily, they may have bought the house before said phrase took on it's current ruder meaning. I think I first heard it in the late 90s, it definitely wasn't something I ever heard at school in the 80s.
    • pepper77
    • By pepper77 7th Jan 18, 2:49 PM
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    A mate was brought up in Cockermouth, until the family moved to Lickey End.
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