24 of the funniest street and place names in Devon

PUBLISHED: 09:09 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 July 2020

Crapstone (c) Matt Brown, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Crapstone (c) Matt Brown, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


On social media we asked Devon Life’s readers and followers to name our county’s funniest, rudest, crudest and most unusual place or street names. Here are 24 of the crackers you came back to us with

1) Squeezebelly Lane, Kingsbridge

The perfect name for a little alleyway where you'll struggle to get through in anything but single file.

Kingsbridge Squeezebelly Lane South Hams

2) Knick Knack Lane, Brixham

It may seem almost unbelievable but Knick Knack Lane is actually home to a Paddiwack Cottage!

3) Pennycomequick Hill, Plymouth

Thought to have been named after The Penny pub nearby, Pennycomequick is the site of an old Devonport prison.

Old Pub at Pennycomequick in Plymouth Devon

4) Inner Ting Tong, Budleigh Salterton

Is there an Outer Ting Tong as well?

5) Drunkards' Hill near Aveton Gifford

The area has been named as such since around the mid 19th century and is a great place for a walk near the River Avon.

The Tidal Road - Aveton Gifford

6) The Street With No Name, Teignmouth

How on earth are you supposed to know where you are if the street has no name?

Where The Heck Am I?

7) Slaparse Lane, Broadclyst

We don't really want to imagine how this lane on the outskirts of Exeter got its name but we guess it must have involved a few reddened bottoms.

8) Buttgarden Street, Bideford

This one was suggested to us on Facebook by Tony Morgan who is fortunate enough to call it home.

9) Fanny's Lane, Sandford

Who wouldn't love to say they love up Fanny's Lane?

10) Cocktree Throat near Taw Green

It may be unsuitable for motors but it looks perfect for a countryside stroll in between Taw Green and Spreyton.

11) Longdogs Lane, Ottery St Mary

No short dogs allowed! Although we're fairly confident that isn't true, we'll have to ask Pete Stevens - who used to live there and suggested it on Facebook - to be 100% sure.

12) Lickham Bottom near Hemyock

From what we can discern this former barn was up for sale a couple of years ago - keep an eye out if it comes back on the market!

13) Beer

This coastal village was a semi-finalist in the 2018 edition of Channel 4's Village of the Year Competition, proving it's not just the name that provides considerable intrigue. There's also a Beer Head which may be worth an extra titter or two.

Fore Street, Beer, Devon

14) Love Lane, Marldon

A little bit of sweetness in contrast to the adolescent humour so far enjoyed on this list.

15) Crapstone

Drop into Crapstone after visiting Buckland Abbey, a popular National Trust site nearby.


16) Drunken Bridge Hill, Plympton

We've already had Drunkards' Hill and now this one - we think some of Devon's streets might have a drinking problem.

17) Bastard's Lane, Great Torrington

As these two walkers pictured can no doubt attest to, the countryside views from this crudely named lane are really quite lovely.

18) Brithem Bottom

Claire Hole recommended this one and said: "I don't know what it is but I don't think I want one." We wholeheartedly agree with you Claire!

19) Admiral's Hard, Plymouth

Moving swiftly on…

Admiral's Hard, Plymouth

20) Goblin Lane, Cullompton

Presumably named after the goblins that used to live there.

21) Nomansland

This hamlet is so named because it used to be a remote extra-parochial area meaning they were outside of the parish system and so exempt from paying certain rates.

22) Daddyhole Road, Torquay

Daddyhole Road leads to Daddyhole Cove with has views out towards East Shag!

Daddyhole Cove, Torquay, Devon.

23) Ham, Plymouth

This suburb in Plymouth is one of many Hams in Britain and presumably has absolutely nothing to do with the pork product.

Ham Woods

24) Cockwood

Based at the bottom of the Exe Estuary, this location is a classic crude name and the ideal way to round off our list.

Cockwood Harbour


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