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Just what is it with developers of new estates? Why do they give them such hilariously out-of-place names?

Case in point: You can have a shiny new house in "Crofter's Meadow". Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Despite the fact that it's directly opposite the notorious Bentilee estate. And it's built on top of an old tile factory.

Or you can have the equally brutal Coalville estate, now under redevelopment as "Weston Heights", despite being lower than all of the surrounding residential area.

Do people actually fall for this marketing consultant-produced shite?

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Case in point: You can have a shiny new house in "Crofter's Meadow". Sounds pleasant, doesn't it?

Until one remembers that a crofter is a subsistence farmer, who is generally forced to work the most difficult and unprofitable land by an absentee landlord. The 'meadow' in question is likely to be a mosquito-ridden peat bog.

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Just what is it with developers of new estates? Why do they give them such hilariously out-of-place names?

Case in point: You can have a shiny new house in "Crofter's Meadow". Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Despite the fact that it's directly opposite the notorious Bentilee estate. And it's built on top of an old tile factory.

Or you can have the equally brutal Coalville estate, now under redevelopment as "Weston Heights", despite being lower than all of the surrounding residential area.

Do people actually fall for this marketing consultant-produced shite?

Or how about some of the hopelessly pretentious "postmodern" development names these days. In Brum we have: Gravity, Orbit, Entity, Fusion, Hemisphere (wtf?)... these designer names are the mindless drivelings of a simpering cretin.

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Until one remembers that a crofter is a subsistence farmer, who is generally forced to work the most difficult and unprofitable land by an absentee landlord. The 'meadow' in question is likely to be a mosquito-ridden peat bog.

:lol::lol: Somebody didn't do their research into that one. Reminiscent of a tenant occupying a BTL mind you :huh:

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do a search on new build, ST16, on rightmove

Mabberley... Tayleur... Mowbray... Lawrance... Granville

pretentious tw@ts

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Just what is it with developers of new estates? Why do they give them such hilariously out-of-place names?

Case in point: You can have a shiny new house in "Crofter's Meadow". Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Despite the fact that it's directly opposite the notorious Bentilee estate. And it's built on top of an old tile factory.

Or you can have the equally brutal Coalville estate, now under redevelopment as "Weston Heights", despite being lower than all of the surrounding residential area.

Do people actually fall for this marketing consultant-produced shite?

Drove by an advert for a new Barratt development called "Zen" the other day. Quite a bold claim for an identi-kit block of one-bedders in Penge. :)

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Drove by an advert for a new Barratt development called "Zen" the other day. Quite a bold claim for an identi-kit block of one-bedders in Penge. :)

Cringe! Can you imagine:

"So where do you live?"

"Ze....Z..Ze... in an identi-kit block of one-bedders in Penge, ok?!"

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Cringe! Can you imagine:

"So where do you live?"

"Ze....Z..Ze... in an identi-kit block of one-bedders in Penge, ok?!"

:lol:

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In Brum we have: Gravity, Orbit, Entity, Fusion, Hemisphere

Are there really housing developments called Gravity, Orbit, Entity, Fusion and Hemisphere? :blink:

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Let's get some reality back into street names. Obviously old industries and bucolic descriptions are no longer fitting how about we think up some new names for Modern Britain and its new economy eg

Mew Cresent

Landlord Square

Tax Credit Lane

Equity Avenue (not to be confused with the very undesirable Negative Equity Avenue)

Any more ideas?

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Are there really housing developments called Gravity, Orbit, Entity, Fusion and Hemisphere? :blink:

Oh yes! Better get used to it. The days of the old sewage works development being called something like Butterfly Meadow are over. :angry:

http://www.hemisphere.redrow.co.uk/

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Oh yes! Better get used to it. The days of the old sewage works development being called something like Butterfly Meadow are over. :angry:

Those names sound more like nightclubs than somewhere to live...

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Let's get some reality back into street names. Obviously old industries and bucolic descriptions are no longer fitting how about we think up some new names for Modern Britain and its new economy eg

Mew Cresent

Landlord Square

Tax Credit Lane

Equity Avenue (not to be confused with the very undesirable Negative Equity Avenue)

Any more ideas?

Usury Drive

Debtors Rise

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i quite like the old ways..

Sandon Road - drive to the end and you're in Sandon

Highfields - part way up one of stafford's few rare landscape features

Castle View - you can see the castle from there... (new developments scheduled opposite unfortunately)

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Let's get some reality back into street names. Obviously old industries and bucolic descriptions are no longer fitting how about we think up some new names for Modern Britain and its new economy eg

Mew Cresent

Landlord Square

Tax Credit Lane

Equity Avenue (not to be confused with the very undesirable Negative Equity Avenue)

Any more ideas?

Fore Close :D

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Just what is it with developers of new estates? Why do they give them such hilariously out-of-place names?

Case in point: You can have a shiny new house in "Crofter's Meadow". Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Despite the fact that it's directly opposite the notorious Bentilee estate. And it's built on top of an old tile factory.

Or you can have the equally brutal Coalville estate, now under redevelopment as "Weston Heights", despite being lower than all of the surrounding residential area.

Do people actually fall for this marketing consultant-produced shite?

My favourite is one called 'The sidings'

The developers of this site must have sat round the board room table, wetting themselves with laughter over that name, just wondering how many people would fall for it.

And just what is wrong with this development ?

(scroll down)

It's called 'The Sidings' because it's right next to the York-Leeds railway line.

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I see where you're coming from here but isn't his name kind of tongue-in-cheek ?

I know.... just mucking about.... :P

Beats watching telly.

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It's called 'The Sidings' because it's right next to the York-Leeds railway line.

Should be idylically peaceful in that case. Most of the Leeds to York trains seem to get cancelled, in my experience.

As for silly road/street names, my favourite happened when I was growing up down south in the '80s, and a new road was created by knocking a former supermarket down and re-siting a car park. They named the street after the council's former head of education services (something like that - some senior schools official, in any case). After he keeled over a few years later, it emerged that the bloke was a raving paedo who had probably buggered most of the little boys in the borough. Of course it was too late to rename the road by then...

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Should be idylically peaceful in that case. Most of the Leeds to York trains seem to get cancelled, in my experience.

As for silly road/street names, my favourite happened when I was growing up down south in the '80s, and a new road was created by knocking a former supermarket down and re-siting a car park. They named the street after the council's former head of education services (something like that - some senior schools official, in any case). After he keeled over a few years later, it emerged that the bloke was a raving paedo who had probably buggered most of the little boys in the borough. Of course it was too late to rename the road by then...

amazingly stafford has a John Amery Drive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amery

hell, why not name a whole estate after SS generals

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