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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:29 PM
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Worst street names of History. (WARNING - GREAT VULGARITY)
Edited on Fri Aug-27-04 02:37 PM by Screaming Lord Byron
From medieval London

Pissing Lane
Shiteburn Lane
....and the worst name for a street ever - Gropecunt Lane.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:41 PM
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1. Do any of these streets intersect?
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:42 PM
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2. HAHAHaa!!!!
Meet me at the corner of Pissing-Gropecunt! :bounce:
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:44 PM
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5. The Great Fire of London in 1666 was started at Pudding Lane, famously.
Pudding Lane was named that because that's where the public latrines where. Get it?
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:43 PM
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3. I think that's the idea.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:44 PM
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4. You made me google, and...
it appears this is true.

Apparently, it was a common name for streets where whores tended to hang out in several English cities.

The question is-- was this an official name, or just the local slang for the street? Nobody seems to have actually found the original Gropecunt Lane, but the present Threadneedle St. is the most interesting possibility. Maiden Lane is another.

FWIW,one town out in western Joisey had to rename the dirt road popularly known as "Pigshit Alley" when they paved it and they had to actually have a name for it on maps.

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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:48 PM
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8. It was in official thirteenth century records under that name.
So I think it was official. Can't be sure of course, though. I found it in 'London: The Biography' by Peter Ackroyd.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:54 PM
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14. According to the book, it's Maiden Lane in Southwark.
Southwark was an unregulated community outside the walls of London, so that makes sense.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:44 PM
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6. Oddly enough there was a convent on Gropecunt Lane
And let me say for the record that those stories are grossly exaggerated.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:48 PM
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9. Not always. There's a few records of such activities.
Medieval perverts.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:50 PM
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10. Did you hear the one about the nun and the pardoner?
Tithes, indeed!
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:47 PM
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7. Nixon Rd. in Ann Arbor, MI. Intersects with Bluitt.
.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:53 PM
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11. Historically, London has always had a really wild side.
Back in the early eighteenth century, one of the major spectator sports was topless women racing.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:54 PM
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12. Was that around the time of the city's gin addiction?
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:57 PM
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15. Yes. It was between 4000 BC and the present day.
So, yes.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:00 PM
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16. Ah, yes, the neolithic gin vats of Essex.
Quite the tourist trap now.
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MadcityRock Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 02:54 PM
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13. Corner of Hooker & Pleasure in Maple Bluff
Maple Bluff is a mansion-home tax island village within Madison's boundaries. No pudding at that intersexion, however.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:01 PM
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17. Sunny day, keeping the clouds away...
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Shiteburn Lane?

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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:03 PM
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18. One day, my dad says,if he works hard and long
He's gonna build us a big house on Shiteburn lane.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:12 PM
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20. Well, see, my dad is better than your dad.
He's going to build us a big house on the cul-de-sac on Gropecunt.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:13 PM
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21. How touching.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:20 PM
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23. And there will be a balcony overlooking Pissing Lane.
It's quite nice.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:07 PM
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19. Pe'epe'e St., Way, etc., Hilo, Hawai'i
right near Pe'epe'e Falls, natch.

The 'okina (') is a consonant in the Hawaiian language, pronounced as a glottal stop (like in "uh-oh").

However, old-time county road signs were made without the 'okinas...
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-04 03:14 PM
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22. A few miles from here is John Edward St; I keep meaning to go cross over
Dangit; I hate it when there isn't room to write n/t :)
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