Following on from last week’s Pulitzer-demanding investigation into the most depressing street names in our city, we asked you to share your favourite rude appellations. You were truly fecund. London, it seems, is a city where lewdness lurks at every corner.
Places named after gentlemen’s bits
Laycock Street, Islington
Penistone Road, Streatham
Ennis Road (bit desperate, that one)
Cock Lane, City
Cock Pond, Clapham Common
(And several other Cockish variations.)
Bellenden Road, Peckham
White Knobs Way, Caterham (just outside London but within the M25)
Bellestaines Pleasaunce (Chingford, curse those extraneous ‘e’s)
Places named after ladies’ bits
Melon Road, Peckham and Leytonstone
Clitterhouse Road, Barnet (Google seem to have smeared this one out to avoid offence.)
Places named after gender-neutral, yet still rude anatomy
Back Passage, City of London
The Ring, Hyde Park
The Butts, Brentford
Places named after lewd activities and professions
Cold Blow Lane, New Cross
Cumming Street, Islington
Ogle Street, Fitzrovia
Hooker’s Road, Walthamstow
Bird-in-Hand Passage, Forest Hill
Copping Close, Croydon
Add further suggestions in the comments, and we’ll update this definitive list of street smut.
See also: London’s rudest Victorian window etchings (discretely obscene).
Image by UltraBobban in the Londonist Flickr pool.