With over 2,200 variations, Hampshire has topped a chart for the county with the most festive street names. Landmark Information Group, the UK’s leading supplier of digital mapping, property and environmental risk information, has undertaken research of its national datasets to identify the areas that come out on top with road names linked to Christmastime – and counties located in the South are at the top of the chart.
With road names including Holly Road, Mistletoe Road, Christmas Avenue and Rudolph Court, Hampshire is the most Christmas-friendly county, followed by Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent. Lancashire is the most festive Northern counties, which features at number 11 in the chart with 885 variations.
When looking specifically at key cities and boroughs, the Midlands and North shine brightly, with Birmingham leads with over 3,300 festively named roads, followed by Durham and Leeds. Those at the bottom of the chart with the least number of festive street names include Swindon with just four, while Denbighshire in north Wales has just two.
Over a quarter (27%) of all streets named ‘Santa’ are located in Milton Keynes, while Hertfordshire is at the front of the pack when it comes to streets named ‘Rudolph’. Only Devon and Hampshire have streets with the word ‘Cracker’ included, while almost a third of all ‘Turkey’ referenced street names can be found in Enfield. Medway leads when it comes to streets named ‘Christmas’ with almost a quarter of all Christmas-named streets being based in the area (23.8%). There are no streets currently named ‘Humbug’ across the UK!
Samantha Ashton, Landmark Information Group said: “We cross-examined our national datasets to see which areas of the country really are the most festive based on their street-names, while Hampshire strived as the leading county, overall Birmingham came out on top with well over 3,300 roads that have a Christmas connection – whether it’s Ivy Avenue, Old Snow Hill, Holly Lane or Bells Farm. It’s been interesting to see just which areas come out top.”
Christmas Street Names – Top 20, by county:
12. CHESHIRE EAST
18. WEST SUSSEX
19. EAST SUSSEX
Top 20, by Cities & Boroughs:
14. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
16. GLASGOW CITY
For more information click on www.landmark.co.uk