It is reputedly the talk around the table of every Islington dinner party – house prices.
That might be so but the residents of one N1 street are probably less willing to discuss their good fortune.
According to NeedaProperty.com Cumming Street flats sell for £66,000 less than nearby Britannia Street, and according to a recent survey the reason is the name.
The English are apparently still a reserved lot when it comes to – how can I put it? – smutty street names. A survey of 2,000 found the embarrassing truth that 31 per cent would be put off buying a house when they would have to tell strangers they lived in Minge Lane, Upton-upon-Severn.
Cock Lane near Smithfield fared little better with 6 per cent being adverse to living there. Once known as Cokkes Lane’, it made its name as a hotbed of legal brothels. Today its popularity probably not helped by having a naked boy at one end marking the spot where the Great Fire of London was finally halted. The statue is supposed to depict the sin if gluttony (apparently one of the causes of the conflagration), but to modern Londoner’s he is using his appendage to direct the flow dousing the flames.
Other London streets shy buyers might like to avoid are:
Nuding Close SE13
Balls Pond Road N1
Slagrove Place SE13
Clitterhouse Road NW2
Beaver Close SE20
Bottom Lane WD3
Hookers Road, E17
Bonar Road SE15
Laycock Street N1
Back Passage EC1
While these might produce a smirk, some of London’s most embarrassing streets have been renamed. Pity the poor medieval estate agent trying to sell a property in Grope C**t Lane. It was after all a haunt of prostitutes. Now its been renamed to the more prosaic Milton Street EC2.
With compacted shit, entrails and rotting food what better name can you give to a street than Shiteburn Lane? This what mediaeval locals called modern Sherborne Lane EC4.
Picture: Street sign NeedaProperty.com