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Englands Most Depressing Towns

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[quote name='uptherams' post='1871665' date='May 7 2009, 07:17 PM']You do know the connection between Gloucester and your avatar right?[/quote]

Well I do now. :lol:

I would have liked to have seen Gloucester prior to the 1960s redevelopment of the centre. It was probably a nice county town then.

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[quote name='The Masked Tulip' post='93039' date='Apr 7 2005, 08:47 PM']Most of the South East of England - just one big commuter community usually with dull shopping centres and full of people who get up early to get a train into London, then who get home late from London.

No character, no sense of identity, just one big blandness.[/quote]

<_< Not wishing to generalise of course :blink:

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Top=Luton. Some nice places around it but the town typifies all that is wrong with the country-car dependent, utilitarian, chain stored, segregated, ignorant, violent, ugly.

I'd also nominate, not in particular order:
Margate
Stevenage
Doncaster
Bradford
Carlisle


Worst in London-Hounslow

Surprised by some of the nominations, Sheffield is thriving, Machester and Leeds are perfectly fine, Southampton is nice enough, Cardiff is improving. My priority is to get up to a semi-decent wage and then leave the London hellhole I reside in (paying a parasite landlord for the privelage!)

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[quote name='Jabberwocky' post='1871724' date='May 7 2009, 07:47 PM']There are so many in my area. Basingrad and Alderscheiss (has improved slightly) but by far the worst is Bracknell. I was in Crawley recently and cannot think of a reason why I would want to go back there. Harlow did not reek of sophistication and elegance either. I guess a lot of these M25 satellite towns are all identikit s**tholes.[/quote]

Bracknell was going to be on my list, but thanks for reminding me about Harlow.

Oldham
Dewsbury
Worksop
Pontypridd
Worthing
Plymouth

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[quote name='bricor mortis' post='1871607' date='May 7 2009, 06:54 PM']No ladies and gentlemen, we have to agree on a winner and I nominate Bridgend as Britains most depressing town as the locals keep voting with their lives, and they should know.
Who can have a problem with that then ?[/quote]

Bridgend is scary and depressing and dark and not even taking into account the above.
Curry sauce n chips from the indoor market brightens things slightly tho :P

edit: Oh and Pontypridd yes, never been to Newport but looks like a right dump and also
only ever seen Port Talbot from the motorway but looks terrible.. Edited by givemethegun

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[quote name='mitchbux' post='1871806' date='May 7 2009, 08:19 PM']Bracknell was going to be on my list, but thanks for reminding me about Harlow.

Oldham
Dewsbury
Worksop
Pontypridd
Worthing
Plymouth[/quote]


Ponty! Ponty's great!

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1. Luton
2. Wolverhampton
3. Bradford
4. Gloucester
5. Bridgwater
6. Watford
7. Coventry
8. Swindon
9. Yeovil
10. Telford

There may be much crapper places - these are just ones visited that stick in my mind.

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I take it none of you have been to West Bromwich then?

A curious little place - I recall my walks to the town centre were through broken glass, blood and sh*t (and yet no dogs about bar the odd council warriors Pit Bull so must have been human!).. The shopping centre is creepily plagued by these horroble black birds that crowd in the roof tops and sh*t down the whole time whilst squawking and flying at people.

Hell hole!

Coventry's up there too - with Croydon, Nottingham and Worcester coming up on the outside as a somewhere that's going to the dogs!

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[quote name='dogbox' post='92906' date='Apr 7 2005, 05:54 PM']Coventry
Dagenham
Blackpool
Burnley
Oldham
Chatham
Swindon
Portsmouth
Birmingham
Luton


Plenty more such as Stevenage & Chatteris, what are your top 10 worst?[/quote]

Never been to Coventry, Dagenham, Luton or Swindow - so can't offer a first-hand opinion.

Birmingham's a horrible soulless place.

Blackpool is tacky, but it does have a certain charm. Great place to visit for a weekend, but wouldn't want to live there.

Burnley and Oldham are dives.

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I found Luton to be unremittingly awful. So bad, in fact, that dumps the like of Burnley, Bradford, Oldham and Portsmouth don't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath.

However, if we can count Wales in too, then Luton is like Beverly Hills compared to Merthyr and Rhondda.

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[quote name='mitchbux' post='1871806' date='May 7 2009, 08:19 PM']Bracknell was going to be on my list, but thanks for reminding me about Harlow.

Oldham
Dewsbury
Worksop
Pontypridd
[b]Worthing[/b]
Plymouth[/quote]

Worthing's not that bad, especially since you no longer get the stink either from the Beecham factory or on shore winds from the sewage. Only problem now are the chavs that move out there from overpriced Brighton. Good shops.

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[quote name='g75f' post='1871224' date='May 7 2009, 05:05 PM']All these pale into insignificance when Jaywick is taken into consideration :) [url="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/4771660.stm"]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/4771660.stm[/url][/quote]


Jaywick, drove through there the other weekend , its like going back in time .

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Leigh, the only place I've ever seen three generations of the same family pregnant at once.
They were accompanied by a lone spotty, hooded, mouth breathing youth. Probably the sperm donor to all three.

Dire place.

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[quote name='miko' post='1871881' date='May 7 2009, 08:46 PM']Jaywick, drove through there the other weekend , its like going back in time .[/quote]

Its like beirut. Or what i expect beirut is like.

Nice sandy beach though.

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Probably not all big enough to be classed as Towns:

Glossop
Saltburn by the Sea
Redcar
Sleaford

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[quote name='eightiesgirly' post='1871897' date='May 7 2009, 08:57 PM']Leigh, the only place I've ever seen three generations of the same family pregnant at once.
They were accompanied by a lone spotty, hooded, mouth breathing youth. Probably the sperm donor to all three.

Dire place.[/quote]

People run this country down but, I know, I'm just not going to get these sort of entertaining sights if I emigrate to Canada.

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[quote name='มร หล' post='1871666' date='May 7 2009, 07:18 PM']Yes never got this one. Why? Cheltenham and Cirencester are lovely. How did Gloucester happen?[/quote]

Cheltenham isn't lovely. It only looks nice because it's next to Gloucester.

Twenty thousand years ago a large meteorite hit Birmingham, hurling a big section of it fifty or sixty miles south. Where it became known as Gloucester. The end.

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I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned Harlow: new town dormitory of human excrecence.

And perhaps worse, have none of you guys heard of Chavtown?

[url="http://www.chavtowns.co.uk/index.php"]http://www.chavtowns.co.uk/index.php[/url]

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[quote name='มร หล' post='1871810' date='May 7 2009, 08:20 PM']Ponty! Ponty's great![/quote]

Ponte Carlo (Pontefract)
Cas Vegas (Castleford)

The dog track just outside of Pontefract is the best thing about Ponte Carlo.

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[quote name='Jimothy' post='1871914' date='May 7 2009, 09:05 PM']Probably not all big enough to be classed as Towns:

Glossop
Saltburn by the Sea
Redcar
Sleaford[/quote]

I haven't seen Barnsley mentioned anywhere

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Is there a Question Time thread in the pipeline?

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[quote name='Horridbloke' post='1871920' date='May 7 2009, 09:06 PM']Cheltenham isn't lovely. It only looks nice because it's next to Gloucester.

Twenty thousand years ago a large meteorite hit Birmingham, hurling a big section of it fifty or sixty miles south. Where it became known as Gloucester. The end.[/quote]

Like you get the signs you're now entering :blink: 'Catherine Cookson Country', perhaps Gloucester council could spend some of the money they're spending on wallpapering empty shop windows with some new signs that inform visitors they're now entering 'Fred West Country'.

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[quote name='Soon Not a Chain Retailer' post='1871928' date='May 7 2009, 09:08 PM']I haven't seen Barnsley mentioned anywhere

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Is there a Question Time thread in the pipeline?[/quote]

Drove through it once. Didn't seem as bad as I imagined. Sadly I once lived with someone from Elsecar, who tarnished all Barnsley folk forever.

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[quote name='Soon Not a Chain Retailer' post='1871934' date='May 7 2009, 09:11 PM']Like you get the signs you're now entering :blink: 'Catherine Cookson Country', perhaps Gloucester council could spend some of the money they're spending on wallpapering empty shop windows with some new signs that inform visitors they're now entering 'Fred West Country'.[/quote]

Whats wrong with Gloucester? Cotwolds nearby, Wales not far. Plus where else can you buy a four bed detached for under £120k in the south?

[url="http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-21362401.html?locationIdentifier=REGION%5E556&sortByPriceDescending=false&minBedrooms=4&includeSSTC=true&_includeSSTC=on&pageNumber=1&backToListURL=%2Fproperty-for-sale%2Ffind.html%3FsearchType%3DSALE%26locationIdentifier%3DREGION%255E556%26radius%3D0.0%26displayPropertyType%3D%26minBedrooms%3D4%26maxBedrooms%3D%26minPrice%3D%26maxPrice%3D%26maxDaysSinceAdded%3D%26retirement%3D%26partBuyPartRent%3Dfalse%26includeSSTC%3Dtrue%26_includeSSTC%3Don%26x%3D24%26y%3D2%26sortByPriceDescending%3Dfalse%26primaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26secondaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldPrimaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldSecondaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26newHome%3D%26auction%3Dfalse"]http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sa...auction%3Dfalse[/url]

Never been there mind.

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[quote name='Sadman' post='1871941' date='May 7 2009, 09:13 PM']Whats wrong with Gloucester? Cotwolds nearby, Wales not far. Plus where else can you buy a four bed detached for under £120k in the south?

[url="http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-21362401.html?locationIdentifier=REGION%5E556&sortByPriceDescending=false&minBedrooms=4&includeSSTC=true&_includeSSTC=on&pageNumber=1&backToListURL=%2Fproperty-for-sale%2Ffind.html%3FsearchType%3DSALE%26locationIdentifier%3DREGION%255E556%26radius%3D0.0%26displayPropertyType%3D%26minBedrooms%3D4%26maxBedrooms%3D%26minPrice%3D%26maxPrice%3D%26maxDaysSinceAdded%3D%26retirement%3D%26partBuyPartRent%3Dfalse%26includeSSTC%3Dtrue%26_includeSSTC%3Don%26x%3D24%26y%3D2%26sortByPriceDescending%3Dfalse%26primaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26secondaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldPrimaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldSecondaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26newHome%3D%26auction%3Dfalse"]http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sa...auction%3Dfalse[/url]

[b]Never been there mind[/b].[/quote]

Frankly I'd rather buy a house in Chernobyl, it's up and coming mind, regeneration. Edited by Soon Not a Chain Retailer

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