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With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we'd make you aware of a press release that the Ford Motor Company came out with in 2011, detailing the what were the scariest road names across the UK,. They sourced these names after trawling through the data in their satellite navigation systems.

Dr James Willoughby, a Historian at Oxford University, believes that while these names may appear scary now, they probably weren't intended to be when they were originally conceived. He said:

'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.'

The full list of the Top 20 Scary names:

  1. Ghost House Lane, Beeston, Nottinghamshire
  2. Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton
  3. Warlock Road, Paddington
  4. Black Cat Drive, Northampton
  5. Gallow's Hill, Warwick
  6. Hallow Road, Worcester
  7. Witches Walk, Bridgwater
  8. Ducking Stool Court, Romford
  9. Headless Cross Drive, Redditch
  10. Crucifix Lane, Camberwell
  11. Bats Lane, Winterbourne St Martin, Dorset
  12. Cemetery Road, Sheffield
  13. Dead Lane, Colchester, Essex
  14. Hanging Hill Lane, Brentwood, Essex
  15. Hell Lane, Wakefield
  16. Broomstick Lane, Botley
  17. Stake Lane, Farnborough
  18. Elm Street, Manchester
  19. Dark Lane, Bedworth
  20. Blood Hill, Somersham, Suffolk

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