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Residents have the last laugh

Malvern Editorial 5th Mar, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

UPTON is home to England’s most embarrassing street name, a study has revealed.

Nearly one in three people voted Minge Lane as a humiliating place to live – more than any other road in the country.

But aside from being perfect ammunition for witty pub banter, the study has found house prices are considerably lower on the street than like-for-like properties less than 400 metres away.

Despite Minge Lane lying a stone’s throw from the historic and picturesque town centre of Upton upon Severn, the average value of a detached house is £71,611 cheaper than on Longfield just two roads away – nearly 25 per cent of the price.

While both streets are mainly populated by detached bungalows, the typical price on Longfield was £325,000 compared to £253,389 for its notorious neighbour.

But despite the rude connotations those currently residing on Minge Lane appear to be content as none of the homes are on the market.

House hunting website NeedAProperty.com conducted the study polling more than 2,000 Brits finding overall 60 per cent admitted they would be put off living on a street if it had an embarrassing name.

Other cringe worthy streets on the shortlist of 15 included Bell End in the Black Country, The Knob in Northamptonshire as well as Clitterhouse Road and Cold Blow Lane in London.

The research showed house prices were £84,000 cheaper on such streets than similar dwellings nearby.

Corinne Sugar, director of NeedAProperty.com,said “For some, living in Crotch Crescent just means one thing – home! For others it’s the instigator of a cheeky smile and a potential bargain in the property market.

“It seems that if you don’t mind a bit of banter from your friends and family or the odd laugh from your postman about your address, there are certainly some bargains to be had in the innuendo-laden street names of the UK.

“It’s amazing how much value seems to be put in a name, or in fact lost by it, but it looks as though those in Bell End or Crotch Crescent are having the last laugh when it comes to the thousands they’ve saved compared to the straight-laced street names of their neighbours.”

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