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The UK is a true melting pot where street names are concerned!

We certainly have our favourites, with over 3000 ‘high streets’ and 2000 ‘station roads’ across the country.

However, there are also some unusual and hilarious street names hidden across our beautiful counties.

11 of the UK’s Most Quirky Street Names

Ha-Ha Road

Located in south-east London, Ha-Ha road has to be one of the most unusual street names the country offers. Unfortunately, the story behind the name is not quite as funny as one would first assume.

A ha-ha is the name of a sloping ditch, used in this instance to create a separation from the land housing livestock and the land owned by the ministry of defence.

Frying Pan Alley

Situated in bustling east London, Frying Pan Alley takes its name from the original shop that previously stood here. A place specialising in pots and pans of all shapes and sizes, it has a large sign outside showcasing what the shop used to offer.

Crotch Crescent

Oxford’s unusually named road routinely features in the list of the most embarrassing street names in the country. However, the occupants believe the giggles are well worth it.

Houses on this road are a whopping £40,000 cheaper than those on the surrounding streets!

No Name Street

The only street in the UK with this name can be found in Sandwich, Kent. Whilst no one appears to know to origination of this name, it certainly attracts a lot of attention.

Tickle Cock Bridge

Tickle Cock Bridge is a pedestrian underpass in Castleford. The name provides a laugh for those that visit, but it holds a special place in the hearts of many locals.

Following a renovation in 2008, the council changed the name to Tickle Cott Bridge, which was met with outrage from those who live nearby. After many petitions and protests, the local authority reinstated the much-loved Tickle Cock title.

Christmas Pie Avenue

This road has attracted an enormous amount of attention over the years, and was unsurprisingly voted the most festive street in the country by the Royal Mail.

Interestingly, the name has nothing to do with the Christian holiday. Instead, it originates from a prominent family who used to live in the area.

Backside Lane

This street in Doncaster gets its name from Medieval English and simply refers to its location at the back of the village. Whilst it doesn’t have the most extravagant backstory, the road attracts plenty of laughs from passers-by.

Pocket Handkerchief Lane

There is an air of mystery about this strangely named road in Rotherham, as nobody is quite sure where the name originated.

Perhaps one of the most unusual names in the country, but which unfortunately offers no explanation.

Hanging Sword Alley

In Tudor times, this area was home to many fencing schools. In a similar fashion to countless other streets in London, the Hanging Sword Alley took its name from the activities or amenities available.

Knightrider Street

Due to its proximity to Tower Bridge, knights would be regularly seen riding along this street, hence it’s name.

Slaparse Lane

Slaparse Lane sits just outside of Exeter, and unfortunately, there is no concise story about how this street gained its quirky name. But, it will continue to attract a giggle from visitors who pass by every day.

Changing Road Names

After many years of being embarrassed over living on Butt Hole Road, the residents of Conisbrough petitioned to have the name permanently changed.

It wasn’t necessarily the name that offended the locals, but the tourist attraction it had become.

Visitors flocked to the street to have their photo taken with the street sign, which was stolen repeatedly. A coach load of American tourists even arrived to have their picture taken with it.

Following approval in 2009, the name was changed to the rather more sedate, Archers Way.

Can a Street Name Increase the Value of Your Home?

Interesting, properties ending in ‘Street’, ‘Court’ or ‘Terrace’ tend to be significantly more affordable that those ending in ‘Road’ or ‘Lane’.

Additionally, studies show that homes with odd house numbers are worth, on average, £30,258 more than those with even numbers.

Other Factors

Aside from the property itself, there is a vast range of factors that will affect the value of your home.

For example, the proximity to excellent local schools can drastically increase the worth of your home. For those with young children, or those looking to start a family, this is often a non-negotiable element in their house search.

Additionally, a close-by local pub and proximity to a train station will also add huge amounts of value to your home.

What’s the quirkiest street name you’ve ever heard? Let us know so we can add it to our list!

Alex Jones are your local property experts for the Tameside area. Call us on 01612929223 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to chat with a member of our friendly and experienced team.

One of the top concerns that many families have when moving to Ashton Under Lyne is finding the right school for their children. Many home moves are explicitly made so that families can move closer to the catchment area of their dream school.

But what happens if you find your dream house first and then need to find the best school close by?

As your local estate agent, we know the Ashton Under Lyne area exceptionally well and receive so many questions about this that we decided to give you our best advice to help keep you informed. In this article, you’ll find our top tips to help you find the right school for your children when moving to Ashton Under Lyne .

Work out what your priorities are

Let’s face it, it may be tough to find a school that has absolutely everything that you’re looking for and all the schools in the Ashton Under Lyne area have their own strengths.

When looking for a school in Ashton Under Lyne we recommend making a list of your priorities. For instance, are you looking for a school with a tremendous academic record or one with a specific subject focus? Are extra-curricular activities essential or does your child have any special needs that the school should cater for? Are you looking for state schools or private schools? Day or boarding? Single-sex or co-ed? There are lots to consider before you even kick off your search.

Writing down all your priorities like this will help you focus your search, as this is an area that’s packed with lots of great schools to choose from!

Start your school research well before your move

Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for in terms of priorities, it’s time to start researching. We recommend doing this as early as you possibly can. You will probably want to visit several schools in Ashton Under Lyne before you decide on the best fit, so make sure you leave enough time for multiple appointments and open days. 

It’s straightforward to access all the information you need on the excellent schools in Tameside as you can do this online, even if you’re currently located in a different part of the country.

Start gathering critical information online using reputable sites such as The Good Schools Guide and check the school performance tables on Read through online school reviews and scour the Ofsted reports.

School research can be a time-consuming process, which is why we recommend starting early. Once you’ve whittled it down to your top three schools in Ashton Under Lyne , pay each of them a visit with your child. Which brings us on to our next point…

Pay your top choice schools a visit

Although this might not be immediately possible, we highly recommend visiting schools when you can. Take a tour and get a good feel of the environment that your child will potentially be spending lots of their time in. Talk to the staff and pupils and ask them questions.

Here are some of the key things to observe on a school visit:

  • How do the students and teachers interact with each other?
  • Are the facilities clean and well-maintained?
  • Do the teachers seem enthusiastic and happy to chat through all your questions?
  • Is the environment and community friendly and welcoming?
  • Do the children appear happy and engaged?

If it’s not possible for you to physically visit the school before you move, don’t despair. Check out their website. Some schools now offer virtual tours of their campuses. You could also hold a Zoom call with the headteacher to get a better feel of the school, and it’s teaching style.

Find out where your new neighbours are sending their children

If you have the chance to say hello to your new neighbours before your move, ask them about their personal experiences with the local schools in Tameside . Chatting with another parent could save you research time, as they will have done the same research when they moved and may also have first-hand experience of a school if they are sending their own children to one of the schools that you’re interested in.

Make sure you have a back-up plan

Once you have found the perfect fit, find a back-up! It’s always sensible to have a Plan B in case your chosen school in Tameside doesn’t work out. Creating a list of your top two or three schools means that you can quickly fall back to another option if needed, although of course, we hope your child gets into your first choice!

Our staff at Alex Jones are local and have extensive knowledge of the Tameside area. If you are moving to the area soon, start your home search with us, and we’ll be happy to advise you on all aspects of your move. Please call us on 01612929223 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Getting your property in Tameside ready for viewings is so important. You need to sell buyers not just on the space, but the idea of living there themselves. It’s important that potential buyers step into your home and feel connected with it as they will be more likely to make an offer. In fact, with a well-staged home you can improve the number of offers immensely, so don’t dally and instead get started with our 10 top tips to prepare your property for viewings:

1.    Declutter Your Space

Clutter is your enemy, so go through your home methodically and declutter from top to bottom, then pack up as much as you can. You want your rooms and storage space to feel spacious, your shelves to be balanced, drawers to open easily, and in general for viewers to get a sense of the space – not your belongings!

Tip: This is a great time to actually start packing. When you go through your clutter, pack away the items you love and want to keep, and then sell, donate, or get rid of the rest. We don’t often have a reason to declutter so aggressively, and this is the perfect opportunity to start, plus you’ll have half of your home packed up ready to move!

2.    Remove Personal Belongings

Some personal belongings can feel cosy. Photos of your family can help convey to buyers that this is a great family home, but don’t overdo it. Remove and pack up some of your personal belongings so that potential buyers can best imagine themselves in your home.

3.    Give Your Home a Deep Clean

Either use some elbow grease or hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean your property from floor to ceiling. When cleaning and sprucing up your home, it’s important to remember the exterior. Get professionals to powerwash dirt and grime off your property, bring in window cleaners, and repaint windows and doors if necessary.

4.    Improve the Light

Remove plants, furniture, and other bulky items away from your windows. Consider adding mirrors or painting your walls white so that the space feels bright and spacious. Natural light is such an important feature in any home, and you can make your property feel more naturally lit even if it isn’t.

5.    Improve Front and Rear Gardens

Be sure to weed, shape, and care for your front and rear gardens to improve the kerb appeal. Beautiful gardens are important to 1 in 5 buyers and add additional charm to a property that can be hard to resist. With a beautiful front garden, you can sell them your home before they even set foot inside

6.    Make Repairs

Consider getting a surveyor in to run a check over your property. You can use this report later on when showing off the house, especially if the report turned up nothing of note. If there are repairs to be done however, get them fixed before you put your property on the market.

7.    Refresh the Paint and Fix Wallpaper

If your paint looks worn, wallpaper is peeling from the wall, or there are other issues that affect the aesthetic – and certainly the structural integrity – of your home, you might want to consider repainting the whole property. If you prefer dark and dramatic walls this could work against you when selling your home. Consider painting them a light cream, white, or off-white colour instead. It could mean the difference between a sale and no sale!

8.    Consider Renting Furniture or Decorations

There are companies out there that will rent furniture or decorations to you for the purpose of house viewings. If your furniture is too big or bulky for the space, you might want to consider doing this, so that you showcase a furnished home that feels big, spacious, and flowing.

9.    Add Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers, or alternatively baked goods, are a great trick to make the space feel fresh, luxurious, and smell great. Use them sparingly and do pay attention to how flowers smell next to each other, as you don’t want a clash of the senses.

10. Invest in a Homebuyer Survey

If you feel confident, you could even invest in a homebuyer survey yourself rather than potential buyers needing to do so. If repairs have been done, let your estate agent know so that the information can be passed onto viewers. They will then know your property is a sure thing, and there aren’t any hidden surprises lurking!

For expert advice on preparing your home in Tameside for viewings, contact the team at Alex Jones on 01612929223 today.

When you put your property on the market, you put your trust in us – the experts you have chosen. We have the details, we know your expectations, and our aim is to get you moving as soon as possible.

Sometimes, different agents will come to other prices and of course, there are reasons for this, such as an estate agent simply trying to win your business or perhaps a different level of experience and knowledge.

When talking with home movers in Tameside , we’ve discovered that many people do indeed wonder about whether or not their property has been priced correctly. You’ve probably heard phrases like “priced to sell”, but how do you really know if your property has been undervalued or indeed overvalued? And why does it matter?

So, let’s look at how you can tell whether your property is on the market at the correct price.

What is the Right Price?

In some respects, this is the million-dollar question. Is your property in Tameside priced on the low side to sell quickly, or is it priced relatively high so that you can potentially make more money? Well, actually, the right price is only ever about what you and the buyer agree to so that a sale can move forward. No other prices really matter!

Top Tip: Define what price you want or need to sell your house for and if you are prepared to lower your expectations if the need arises. 

Is my Property Overpriced?

Are you frustrated because you seem to get a lot of viewings but no offers? Well then, one of the reasons could be that your house has been overvalued.

Potential buyers might like the look of your house in Ashton Under Lyne

but fail to view because they feel the asking price is too high. They may view, and they may love it but still feel it’s not worth the price-tag. Not all potential buyers will feel they can risk putting in a low offer either.

If you are enjoying lots of viewings but no offers, these are clear signs that something may need tweaking, particularly if similar properties nearby have sold.

Top Tip: If you do feel things need to change, do not be afraid to speak with your estate agent. After all, it’s in their interest to get a sale, so if their strategy needs to change, it should.

Is my Property Undervalued?

To define undervalued, you have to look at a few different factors, including how much you are prepared to sell your house in Tameside for. You might get an offer, or multiple offers, super quickly and this may worry you into thinking you could have achieved a higher price. But that is not necessarily the case. A good estate agent will ensure your home does not stagnate on the market!

Conversely, if you are getting no viewers and your property is on the market at a lower price than similar homes which have sold nearby, an under-valuation might be making people wonder if there is something wrong with your property!

Top Tip: Do some research of your own into similar properties on the market in Ashton Under Lyne . If yours appears obviously low, speak to your estate agent.

Do Your Own Research

We at Alex Jones use our local experience and knowledge to advise you of what we think your property is worth. Sometimes though, we suggest having a look on the internet yourselves as well, this can give you peace of mind that we’re on the right track.

There are so many tools at your fingertips, and you should use them!

Go to the search engine of your choice and search for house prices in your area. There are sites that not only give you properties that are currently on the market but also offer up what a property has sold for in the past too.

You could also make use of online valuation tools if you want a second opinion. However, bear in mind that these are not always accurate, and it’s best to speak to professionals who have local knowledge and experience.

Top Tip: Compare similar properties in Tameside

as you’re likely to get a good comparison. If you compare a similar house, but in different localities, then different factors will affect prices.

What Next?

Speak to your agent. We cannot stress strongly enough that communication is key. If you have concerns and you’ve done some research, then talk to your estate agent. Maybe it’s time to review how they are operating and whether or not they need to change.

Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask the questions and challenge. It’s your property that you are selling; you are in the driving seat.

Alex Jones use our skill, experience and local knowledge to place your property on the market at the right price. If we can help you, give us a call on 01612929223 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be delighted to help.

Owning a buy to let in Tameside and renting out your property can be very rewarding. It can be a way of having a regular income coming in, together with actually owning something that should increase in value over time.

If you are considering renting out a property, there are many things you need to make sure you get right, such as rental income, statutory obligations (e.g. gas and electric certificates), and of course having the right tenants in-situ.

What are the benefits of a Buy To Let?

You’ll have the option of a Buy to Let mortgage

Unless you can fund your property purchase with cash, the chances are that you will need a buy to let mortgage. For landlords, this is the most popular way of acquiring property, which in itself can benefit you in a number of ways including:

  • Interest only payments
  • Longer mortgage terms
  • Mortgage payments can be offset against tax
  • Less strict regulatory processes

The good news is that there are a number of products and lenders out there to choose from, and you should be able to get a good deal from a lender.

If you have a larger than average deposit to put down, for example around 35 to 40 per cent, then the deals get even better.

Consumer website has some very useful information on mortgage deals worth looking at, and of course as your local estate agent we are happy to help and put you in touch with a recommended mortgage adviser who will assist you with lending criteria and affordability.

You’ll get potential high returns on your money

When you own a rental property, you should benefit in two ways, financially speaking. Firstly, you’ll have a monthly income stream coming in. If you’ve done your sums right and have a rental income that produces a good yield, then this is good news.

Secondly, you should see your property price go upwards over the years. Despite everything, property is still seen as a sound investment. We know for example that as soon as a rental property in Ashton Under Lyne is marketed, then we get a huge number of enquiries.

Top Tip Do your homework. If you need help making sure everything adds up, talk to us and we’ll do our best to help you.

You’ll diversify the risks

It’s fair to say that the economy has taken a battering over recent months. High street shops and large businesses have come a cropper because of lockdowns and uncertainties over investment going forward. Where previously you may have been certain of your other investments, perhaps now there’s an added element of risk.

If you have a few pounds stashed away in various projects or investments and are worried what the future might hold, property in Tameside is still seen as a sound investment with good returns. Again though, you must do the maths and look at interest and repayments and make sure the rental income covers not only fixed costs, but also maintenance and the other expenses associated with rental properties.

Top Tip Seek the advice of a trusted lettings and property expert to find out which areas will present the best opportunity for rental incomes.

You can help friends and family

We’ve seen a trend recently of people investing in buy to let properties as a way of helping friends and family out, while at the same time building up a property portfolio.

It’s an interesting concept and will not be for everyone but if you know someone going to college or university, it could be a way of generating useful cashflow.

Top Tip There are rules and regulations that tenants and landlords have to abide by whether your tenant is someone known to you or not! It’s probably even more important to get it right if you rent to friends or family as you won’t want conflict in the future.

These are just some of the benefits to owning a buy to let property. There are many things to think about, so if you would like some expert help, do give us a call and we’ll talk you through it. Alex Jones are your local property experts for the Tameside area. Call us on 01612929223 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to chat with a member of our friendly and experienced team.

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