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  • Royal Mail
    3 July 2018
    House Music: Brits turn to Oasis, The Beatles and Adele for house naming inspiration
  • As we enter peak festival season, research from Royal Mail reveals that almost 21,000 UK addresses are inspired in some way by music.
  • Some of Britain’s most famous modern albums, bands and artists have proven a popular source of inspiration for UK house names, as the likes of Oasis, David Bowie, The Stone Roses and Adele give rise to over 1,500 domestic monikers across the nation.
  • Classical composers have had the greatest influence on our music-related street and house names, with over 7,500 addresses nodding to the likes of Samuel Wesley, Henry Purcell and Edward Elgar.
  • With several hundred ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Penny Lane’ streets and numerous roads, houses and buildings directly referring to the Fab Four or their works, it’s clear that The Beatles’ incredible legacy also extends to our addresses.
  • Boasting a spate of internationally successful bands, the ‘NE’ (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) postcode area officially houses the largest number of music-related addresses. This is closely followed by Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham and the Isle of Wight.
  • Various genres of music, including jazz, opera and even new wave, have influenced the naming of British streets. There are even some ‘Heavy Metal Houses’ dotted across the country.
  • Over 270 houses are named after the classic ‘Greensleeves’ and over 100 bear the ‘Britannia’ moniker, from the rousing patriotic song. 

Music - both classical and modern – is one of Britain’s greatest exports, so it seems fitting that new Royal Mail research reveals that over 21,000 of our addresses are inspired in some way by music; ranging from British composers and artists to famous musical genres.

In fact, the study into the impact that classical and modern music have had on our address names reveals that some of our most iconic artists in the last 60 years - including The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Adele – have served as muses for the naming of our nation’s houses.

Overall, over 1,500 houses across the UK sport a name relating to one of our modern musical heroes, including ‘Status Quo’ in Norfolk, ‘Stone Roses’ near Manchester, ‘Dire Straits’ in Kent and simply ‘Adele’ in The Channel Islands.

British classical music composers have officially had the greatest impact on the naming of our musically-inclined streets, with over 7,500 related addresses. Esteemed hymn writer Charles Wesley leads the charge - as over 500 ‘Wesley’ streets, mews and crescents span our nation - followed by Christopher Shaw, Edward Elgar and Henry Purcell.

The twenty British music artists (classical and modern) who have had the greatest influence in the naming of our nation’s addresses are as follows:

**See explanation underneath:

 

Classical Music

Modern Music

Charles Wesley (523)

The Beatles (809)

Christopher Shaw (490)

Elton John (150)

Edward Elgar (465)

The Verve (148)

Henry Purcell (434)

Oasis (120)

Thomas Morley (315)

The Smiths (120)

James Hook (295)

The Rolling Stones (112)

Robert Morton (250)

Adele (101)

John Johnson (245)

Genesis (82)

Thomas Campion (228)

The Hollies (69)

Robert Woodcock (171)

David Bowie (45)

**Includes UK street, house and building names that include a reference to the artist, a band member or one of their works.

 

With its impressive backlog of internationally renowned musicians and a thriving cultural scene, the ‘NE’ postcode area, which serves Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, has the nation’s largest number of music-related addresses (674), ranging from ‘Viola Terrace’ to ‘Glastonbury Grove’.

Newcastle’s crown is closely followed by areas well known for their contribution to British music, including Manchester (M, 584), Bristol (BS, 572), Nottingham (NG, 566), Coventry (CV, 542), Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight (PO, 540), Loughborough (LE, 494), Doncaster (DN, 408), Birmingham (B, 406) and Sheffield (S, 332).

Other interesting facts to emerge from the research include:

  • Popular musical genres have also inspired British address names – with jazz music leading the charge (70), including ‘Jazz Road’ in Aylesbury. However opera (50), dance (45) and even new wave (15) make an appearance, with several ‘New Wave Houses’ appearing from Norwich to Newcastle. There are even two ‘Heavy Metal Houses’.
  • The Beatles’ profound influence on British culture also extends to our addresses. Over 700 ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Penny Lane’ streets span the nation, and numerous house and building names reference either the band, its members or one of their songs; including ‘Lennon Studios’ in Liverpool and ‘Imagine’ in Gloucestershire.
  • Some of the more unusual addresses to appear in the research include ‘Jagger Green Dean’ in Halifax and ‘Parklife’ in the Channel Islands.
  • Over 270 British houses owe their names to the classic ‘Greensleeves’, more than 340 to ‘Britannia’ and several to ‘Fantasia’.

Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said:“Street, house and building names chiefly reflect our nation’s heritage and primary interests. As a country with such a proud musical history spanning hundreds of years, it’s fantastic to see that we’ve chosen to reflect this passion in so many of our addresses.”

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