Every conveyancer knows the importance of getting the address right, but the British tradition of naming our homes eccentrically doesn’t always make it easy. Among the entries for a ‘Britain’s most fantastic address’ award were homes named ‘Kevanmaz Wearewhereweare’, ‘Lusty Glaze’ and ‘Start Naked’.
In Wales we have ‘Ty Yn Yr Coed Yr Henddraig Ddrwg’ – ‘House in the Woods of the Bad Old Dragon’ – and an old favourite, ‘Ty Bach’. We assume that proud owners picking a cute name for a little cottage don’t know it’s synonymous with ‘smallest room’. And at least one Dylan Thomas fan has picked ‘Llareggub’.
‘Narnia House’, ‘Toad Hall’, ‘Laughing Snakes’, and ‘Petite Pie’ are all verified house names in the West Country.
The awards, presented at the annual conference of GeoPlace LLP, a partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey which runs the National Address Gazetteer, also received an entry for a house named, er, ‘The House With No Name’.
Our favourite entry though comes from the commercial sector: a retail outlet cunningly named ‘Everton Two, Liverpool One’. Yes, this is Everton FC’s second shop, located in the Liverpool One shopping centre. Wishful thinking alas – the blues haven’t actually beaten the reds for nine years.