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  • Royal Mail
    23 April 2018
    2B or not 2B? : Over 12,000 Shakespeare-related addresses in the UK
  • Research from Royal Mail reveals there are over 12,000 street and house names in the UK related to the Bard of Avon and his works.
  • The sleepy towns of Warwick, Westcliff-On-Sea and Shanklin are some of the more surprising of the nation’s ‘Shakespeare hotspots’, which contain a particularly high proportion of linked addresses. 
  • The tragic Montague family is one of the largest inspirations for Shakespeare-related addresses; with over 1,000 street and house names spanning our fair isle from ‘Montague Road’ in Ashton-Under-Lyme to ‘Montague Manor’ in Ballymena. 
  • ‘Hamlet’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ have officially influenced British addresses more than any of Shakespeare’s works, however some of his less well-known plays, including ‘Titus Andronicus’ and ‘Troilus & Cressida’, have also provided rich inspiration for the nation’s street and house monikers. 
  • Boasting the man’s birthplace, The Midlands is officially the most densely populated region for Shakespeare-related streets and houses, including ‘Cymbeline Way’ in Warwick and ‘Richard III Road’ in Leicester.
  • Various residences linked to Shakespeare throughout his life have also influenced British address names. For example, there are 165 ’22 Chapel Street’ addresses across the UK.
  • Some of the more unusual street and house names on the list include the ‘As You Like It’ residence in Oxfordshire, and ‘Bagot Avenue’ in Warrington. 

On William Shakespeare’s birthday, Royal Mail has identified that there are over 12,000 addresses in the UK linked to the Bard and his various works. 

Aside from the man himself (there are over 1,500 ‘William Shakespeare’-linked addresses), the sparring Montague family from ‘Romeo & Juliet’ has served as the biggest influence for the nation’s Shakespeare-related street and house names. Over 1,000 ‘Montague’ Streets, Ways and Avenues span our fair isle, from Basildon to Bideford.   

Of all the Bard of Avon’s works, ‘Hamlet’ has had the greatest impact on the naming of our addresses, with 500 streets and houses honouring the play - including ‘Hamlet Gardens’ in Andover and Colchester’s ‘Claudius Road’. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is also very influential (there are over 300 related addresses including ‘Titania Close’ in Bilston and ‘Midsummer Common’ in Cambridge). 

Some of the Bard’s less well-known plays - including ‘Titus Andronicus’ and ‘Troilus & Cressida’ – have also inspired the naming of the nation’s addresses. There 25 separate ‘Titus’ ways, courts and streets across the UK, and over 100 ‘Achilles’ (from ‘Troilus & Cressida’) related addresses.   

The nation’s top twenty ‘Shakespeare Hotspots’ are as follows: 

London (over 2,000)

Leeds (237)

Nottingham (215)

Bristol (162)

Warwick (128)

Westcliff-On-Sea (124)

Birmingham (119)

Salford (85)

Bedford (67)

Gloucester (58)

Barnet (50)

St. Albans (46)

Stratford-Upon-Avon (45)

Shanklin (45)

Swindon (40)

Lincoln (31)

Reading (27)

Rugby (25)

Southend-On-Sea (25)

Worthing (24)

Other fascinating snippets from the research include:

  • Boasting Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Midlands is officially the most densely populated region for related street and house names (over 4,000). This is particularly prevalent in the county of Warwickshire, which possesses over 2,000 addresses including ‘Falstaff Grove’ in Warwick and ‘Shakespeare’s Barn’ in Leamington Spa.
  • Over 250 addresses nod to Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway, including ‘Hathaway Close’ in Salisbury and ‘Hathaway’ in Aldershot.
  • There are over 400 ‘Octavia’-related addresses across the UK, indicating a Julius Caesar connection.
  • The various houses that The Bard lived in throughout his life, including 22 Chapel Street and Hall’s Croft, have inspired over 200 street and house names. 
  • Some of the more unusual names on the list include a straightforward ‘Titania’ in Alloa, and ‘Macbeth Moir Road’ in Mountain Ash. 

 

Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said:“Delivering mail to over 30 million addresses, six days a week, gives us an unparalleled view of the nation’s street and house names, and sometimes the results are fascinating. 

“It’s no secret that William Shakespeare and his works form an enormous part of British history and identity, but it’s fascinating to see that his legacy is felt so profoundly across the entire country.” 

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