Best address?

This is a little post about some of the interesting street signs and numbers I have observed on my travels.

One of my favourites of all time has to be “There and Back Again Lane” in Bristol.  Genius. It is only a little street, so it is quite well named.  I passed it on the way up to Brandon Hill and burst out laughing, much to the amusement of nearby residents who see it every day without passing comment.  The power of the unfamiliar!

London is full of interesting street names and signs, but I particularly like the Camden Market one, and its neighbouring “Camden Lock” painted on the bridge.  This may be something to do with my love of Madness and the fact that one of the first times I was ever in London this was one of the places I headed first (after the V and A and its amazing architecture court with mini models of famous buildings).


Brick Lane is a wonderful place to go, I was lucky enough to visit this area when there was a street festival on and the whole street was traffic free.  People were literally dancing in the street and pop up markets were out in force.  Delicious food and crazy art to see, and lovely architecture in this area and Spitalfields.

I like that Gaelic street signs and road signs have started appearing in many places all over Scotland, even in the cities and railway stations.  I would like to learn a little more Gaelic, at the moment I could do some of the Colin and Cumberland BBC quizzes but they have hints to help you out.   In Welsh I know “araf” as it is painted on the roads… it means slow (there must have been quite a few winding roads on the route I was on).

The idea for this post was prompted by my recent visit to Aberdeen where I was really quite amused to see the pointing street signs, they are all over the City and rather decorative.  I also spotted a home which called itself “and a half”, something I have only ever seen in one other place which has truly the best address ever; I cannot find the photo I took when I was in York of  1  and 1/2 Whipmawopmagate… but here is the street on Google Maps 🙂

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2 comments

  1. Barbara

    Much enjoyed that little wander – I share your joy! It is indeed good to see Gaelic signage (sadly most of what I spent ‘forever’ learning has fallen off the end of my diminishing remembry-shelf – and the only Welsh words I can recall from our “Pobol y Cwm” days are ‘football’ and ‘champagne’!).

  2. calmgrove

    As a wee lad I attended prep school in Berkeley Square (the premises subsequently part of Bristol University’s Psychology Department, a logical progression I’m sure) and passed There and Back Again Lane on a daily basis. In the 60s and later I gather the sign was regularly ‘liberated’ by Hobbitomanes, but clearly you managed to snap one of the replacements!

    Good that there are Gaelic alternatives on Scottish road signs, a practice we’re very familiar here in Wales (but in Welsh, of course…). I noticed that in the Republic of Ireland Gaelic names are in half-uncial script to distinguish them from English equivalents, just as Scottish Gaelic is yellow instead of white. In Wales both names are visually indistinguishable, which sometimes causes confusion when it looks like two different destinations are indicated (Aberteifi and Cardigan, for example, which are one and the same).

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