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Kent and Medway's top 30 weird and wonderful place names revealed

30 January 2014
by KentOnline reporter

What's in a name? Well, if you live in one of Kent's most weird and wonderfully-named places, it might raise a smile.

Along with the common High Streets, Station Roads and Church Lanes, the county is also peppered with roads and villages with amusing names.

Here we have rounded up the top 30 that stand out from the crowd.

They are in no particular order, so leave a comment below to say which is best – or to suggest any others that should have been in the list.

An unusually-named alleyway in Deal

An unusually-named alleyway in Deal

1. Gravelly Bottom Road

This road in Kingswood, Maidstone, sounds painful - and messy.

2. No Name Street

You can't help but wonder if whoever named the streets in Sandwich ran out of steam when they got to this one.

3. Grubb Street

It sounds like this street in Dartford is the place to go if you're feeling hungry.

4. Thong Lane

This lane near Gravesend - and also the name of a hamlet - is definitely worth a crack in the top 30.

5. Hearts Delight

Whoever lives in this area near Sittingbourne must be in line for a sweet time at Valentine's.

6. Horrid Hill

Despite its name, this area along the shore at Riverside Country Park provides good countryside walks.

7. Noah's Ark

If the wet weather gets any worse, this hamlet near Sevenoaks could be the perfect place to head.

8. Plucks Gutter

This hamlet, near Ramsgate, is named after a drainage engineer called Ploeg - the Dutch for plough.

9. Lynsore Bottom

An area of Upper Hardres, in the Canterbury district, this sounds more like a medical condition than a postal address.

10. Slutshole

Now usually called Oakwell, this address in Hernhill must be one of the rudest-sounding in Kent.

11. Squeeze Gut Alley

Once used by fisherman to reach the beach, this is one of the small alleys that criss-crosses Whitstable - and its name suggests most people have to work sideways due to its narrowness. 

12. Cutbush Close

The name of this close near Harrietsham station is not an instruction for gardeners.

13. Badgers Mount

This village near Knockholt might leave some to suggest that what badgers do in their own time is up to them.

14. Small Profits

Not the place to go if you're looking to a make a fast buck, this country lane is in Yalding.

15. Cock Street

The name of this street in Boughton Monchelsea is bound to raise a chuckle - especially among drinkers in The Cock Inn.

16. Sexburga Drive

Sounding like a strange idea for fast food, this road is in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey.

17. Bogshole Lane

This lane in Whitstable sounds like it might be going down the toilet.

18. Dead Cat Alley

If you've got a moggie, this footpath in Tovil, Maidstone, might not be the place to send it.

19. Green Street Green Road

Like New York, this road in Dartford was so good they named it twice.

20. Turnagain Lane 

Despite its name, you can't do much turning in this cul-de-sac in central Canterbury - which is only about 30 yards long.

21. Rocky Hill

It's obligatory to run up a flight of steps in a tracksuit when in this Maidstone address.

22. Lewd Lane

Just down the road from Love Lane, in Smarden, this lane proves there are two sides to every romance.

23. Screaming Alley

This alleyway in Ramsgate is not one for the faint-hearted on dark nights.

24. Pennis Lane

You'd have to be careful to spell your address right if you lived in this lane in Longfield.

25. Cockle Swamp Alley

The name of this footpath in Deal begs the question - why would want to swamp cockles and how would you even begin?

26. Dumb Woman's Lane

This amusingly-named lane near Rye is not one for the ladies.

27. Digdog Lane

Presumably this address in the village of Frittenden is perfect for those who dig dogs.

28. Trolling Down Hill

Nothing to do with Twitter trolls, this road is near Darenth Country Park in Dartford.

29. Ticklebelly Alley

You can't help but laugh at the name of this alleyway in Faversham.

30. Pett Bottom

And despite its name, this hamlet near Bridge is most likely not an instruction.

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