Ford reveals Scariest UK Street Names
With Halloween fast approaching, you may be wondering as you’re driving down a deserted country lane just where the name ‘Black Cat Drive’ or ‘Bats Lane’ could possibly come from as witches and vampires are roaming abroad. To this end, Ford has plundered data from its sat nav systems to come up with the UK’s 20 scariest road names.
“These road names may appear frightening at first glance but there’s rather more to it than that,” said Dr James Willoughby, Oxford University historian. “Place-names derive usually from Old English words that were descriptive of the landscape the settlement sits in. They may look like modern words, but that’s because they have changed their shape over the centuries. Slaughters Rough is a good example. ‘Slaughter’ is generally agreed to come from an Old English word ‘slohtre’, meaning ‘muddy place’.”
Although the majority of these sinister sounding roads have an innocent origin, Dr Willoughby points out that some do carry a frightening reference to a dark chapter in Britain’s past, such as Gallows Hill in Lancaster.
“Gallows Hill is a name referring to a former place of execution,” he said. “In this particular case it refers to the place of execution of the so-called Pendle Witches, a group of a dozen witches who were tried in 1612 for the murders of 10 people by witchcraft.”
Our wheels must tread the path of some of these spooky streets!
Ford’s top 20 scary road names:
- Ghost House Lane, Beeston, Nottinghamshire
- Devil’s Dyke Road, Brighton
- Blood Hill, Somersham, Suffolk
- Warlock Road, Paddington
- Black Cat Drive, Northampton
- Gallow’s Hill, Warwick
- Hallow Road, Worcester
- Witches Walk, Bridgwater
- Ducking Stool Court, Romford
- Headless Cross Drive, Redditch
- Crucifix Lane, Camberwell
- Bats Lane, Winterbourne St Martin, Dorset
- Cemetery Road, Sheffield
- Dead Lane, Colchester, Essex
- Hanging Hill Lane, Brentwood, Essex
- Hell Lane, Wakefield
- Broomstick Lane, Botley
- Stake Lane, Farnborough
- Elm Street, Manchester
- Dark Lane, Bedworth
(Source: http://www.cararticles.co.uk/ )
AEZ Winter Wheels - Some fun in the snow with AEZ Winter Wheel & Tyres
The Monday Morning Blog - 24/10/11
“Don’t be left out in the Cold this Halloween”
So, this is the first in our series of Monday Morning Blogs - something you’ll see pop up in your Blog Feed, Twitter Feed, Facebook Stream each and every Monday going forwards.
We’ll be furnishing you with wheel-based news and thoughts on the wheel & tyre industry, as well as new product news updates and photos.
Halloween is fast approaching (next Monday!), the nights are drawing in, the cold is getting closer, so we thought it would be a good time to raise awareness of winter wheel and tyres… Don’t be left out in the cold with the ghosts and ghouls!
Winter wheels are a creating a real buzz in the industry; and this buzz is finally trickling down into the conscience of the general public. I saw three articles in the national press and a further article in my local weekend newspaper this weekend, all alluding to the need to invest in winter wheels and tyres for safety and, believe it or not, economical benefits.
Just think of the cost of refurbishing your alloy wheels; or even worse, the damage to your insurance premium after having an accident on what are set to be another winter of treacherous UK roads!
Temperatures have already started to dip below 7°C, in the mornings and evenings (when most people are driving their school-run or commute), and this really is a signal to invest in a change of footwear for your vehicle.
Wheelwright are leading the field in offering a winter wheel and tyre solution - with our intrinsic links to KFZ Stahlrad, part of the Alcar Group, who manufacture Original Equipment Steel Wheels; and our fantastic pricing on simple 5-spoke alloy designs such as the Dezent RE, we really have made it as easy and affordable as possible to make the investment.
Couple either alloy or steel wheels with our Jinyu Winter Tyres (or upgrade to a premium winter tyre), and you have a bolt-on package, which simply replace your summer/all-season wheels for the winter season. Wheelwright really are making it as simple as possible to improve the safety of your vehicle during the winter months.
To find out more, head over to www.wheelwright.co.uk/winter-wheels-and-tyres or ask your retailer about Wheelwright’s Winter Wheel & Tyre packages. With 90% of the car-park covered, and excellent stock volumes, we are ready to help you get ready for winter, starting this Halloween Weekend!
Don’t be left out in the cold (with those ghosts and ghouls!)…