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  • Royal Mail
    9 February 2018
    A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: LOVE INSPIRES NEARLY 24,000 OF THE NATION’S STREET AND HOUSE NAMES

As Valentine’s Day approaches, new research from Royal Mail reveals that nearly 24,000 of the nation’s street and house names are inspired in some way by love and all its wonders

Analysis of over 30 million addresses across the UK unveils the 1,198 separate towns and cities that are home to at least one romantic street or house name

The classic rose is the most popular Valentine’s-inspired name for both streets and homes; appearing in 1,303 postcodes and 17,000 house names

In fact, there are over 10,000 separate Rose Cottage addresses across the country. Love, Honey, Valentine and Darling also proved to be very popular

The heady romance of the Yorkshire moors makes the county the nation’s most amorous; with 345 separate street and house names stretching from Sheffield to Harrogate to Pontefract. Essex also proved to contain some of the most affectionate towns in the UK

The North West is officially the nation’s most passionate region, with 850 street and house names dotted across the area; from Lovers Lane in Manchester to several Dove Cottage addresses across Preston. The Midlands, Scotland and Wales also closely follow.

From Kissing Tree Lane to Lover’s Walk, the UK’s paramours won’t struggle to find an appropriate area for a starry-eyed stroll this Valentine’s Day

 

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Royal Mail today reveals the UK’s most popular romantic street and house names.

Analysis of data from the company’s Address Management Unit Database, which covers over 30 million addresses, has identified almost 1,200 towns and cities around the UK which are home to at least one Valentine-themed address.

Rose came top for both street and house names, featuring on street signs in 1,303 postcodes and over 17,000 house names across the UK. In fact, there are over 10,000 separate Rose Cottages across the country, stretching from Birmingham to Bishop’s Tawton in Devon to Bridgend in South Wales.

The nation’s top ten romantic street and house names are as follows:

Street Names*

House Names*

Rose (1,303)

Rose (17,456)

Love (334)

Dove (1,572)

Dove (302)

Honey (582)

Honey (172)

Valentine (529)

Valentine (90)

Sweet (416)

Sweet (89)

Flower (218)

Flower (64)

Heart (205)

Lover (52)

Bliss (201)

Lovers (48)

Darling (98)

Bliss (29)

Love (98)

(**Includes variations such as street/lane/close/cottage/manor etc.)

The Bronte-inspired image of the wild, heady romance of Yorkshire’s moors and dales has clearly rubbed off on the naming of the area’s streets and houses; with 345 separate entries stretching from York’s Dove Street, to Valentine Crescent in Sheffield making it officially the most ardent county in the UK.

Other fascinating snippets from the research include:

  • The legacy of the North-West’s writers, such as Guy Garvey and De Quincey, has clearly inspired the region’s street and house names. 850 separate entries span the region, from Rose Hill in Liverpool to Flower Hill Farm in Lancashire
  • The Midlands closely follows, with 450 street and house names across the region, including Love Lane in Birmingham, to Dove Bank in Derbyshire.
  • Scotland proved to be one of the UK’s most wildly romantic areas, with over 350 related addresses; including Edinburgh’s Rose Street, St Valentine Terrace in Glasgow and 40 separate Rose Cottages.
  • Wales is similarly passionate; boasting over 300 addresses stretching from Rose Terrace in Ebbw Vale, to Rose Villa in Conwy County.
  • The quaint streets of Essex also contain some of the nation’s most romantic towns, including Colchester (30 separate street and house names including Honey Tye and Honey Pot House), and Romford (25 separate entries, from Rose Glen to 7 separate Rose Cottage addresses).
  • Some of the more unusually-named places that starry-eyed lovers may want to venture this Valentine’s Day include:
    • The French bistros of Bleeding Heart Court in London’s Farringdon.
    • The rolling fields surrounding Dear Love Gate – a road in Lincolnshire.
    • Make that budding romance official on Kissing Tree Lane in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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 romantic street names across the UK. And, our 120,000 postmen and women go the extra mile every Valentine’s Day to deliver messages of love across the nation.

“We already knew that love has inspired countless selfless acts and works of art over the years; but little did we know the extent of its influence on our street and house names, too.”

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