Sounds like Witches Walk in Bridgwater is one to avoid tomorrow!


Around this time back in 2011, the Ford Motor Company sent out a press release revealing some of the scariest road names throughout the UK. It’s believed they located these spooky street names after searching through data on their satellite navigation systems and managed to find some pretty creepy names that you might want to avoid this Halloween!

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Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield – watch out for ‘Freddy’ if you walk down here tomorrow! © Copyright Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

According to a Historian from Oxford University, Dr James Willoughby, whilst these street names might appear spooky to many of us today, when they were named way back, there was no intention of making them sound creepy. Of course, Elm Street in Huddersfield sounds scary these days thanks to Freddy Krueger in the 1984 film A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Mr Willoughby said: “Place-names derive usually from Old English words that were descriptive of the landscape the settlement sits in. They may look like modern words, but that’s because they have changed their shape over the centuries.”

Here’s the 20 spookiest street names in the UK to stay away from this Halloween:

  • Ghost House Lane, Beeston, Nottinghamshire
  • Devil’s Dyke Road, Brighton
  • Warlock Road, Paddington, London
  • Black Cat Drive, Northampton
  • Gallows Hill, Warwick
  • Hallow Road, Worcester
  • Witches Walk, Bridgwater
  • Ducking Stool Court, Romford
  • Headless Cross Drive, Redditch
  • Crucifix Lane, Camberwell, London
  • Bats Lane, Winterborne St Martin, Dorset
  • Cemetery Road, Sheffield
  • Dead Lane, Ardleigh, Colchester
  • Hanging Hill Lane, Brentwood, Essex
  • Hell Lane, Wakefield
  • Broomstick Lane, Botley, Chesham
  • Stake Lane, Farnborough
  • Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield
  • Dark Lane, Bedworth
  • Blood Hill, Somersham, Ipswich



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