UK's spookiest street names revealed and how much it costs to live on them

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Are you brave enough to live on Devil’s Lane or Coffin Close? How about going trick or treating along Skull House Lane or Hell Nook?

Dead Lane, Hallow Drive, Spook Hill and Headless Close might sound like street names straight out of a horror movie, but you will find all of them in the UK.

The UK’s history is full of historical horrors and spine-chilling legends – so it’s no wonder our country is home to some of the spookiest, spine-tingling street names.

In the run-up to Halloween, GoodMove analysed UK roads, using data from Gov.UK and compiled a list of 13 most hair-raising street names, as well as how much it would cost to live there.

The top three on the list are Crucifix Lane in Camberwell, Broomstick Lane in Oxfordshire and Devil’s Lane in Hampshire. Yet, their scary connotations have done little to scare off buyers as their property prices remain typically high.

UK's spookiest street names revealed and how much it costs to live on them
© Wikimedia Commons Devil’s Lane in Hampshire is popular among home buyers

Crucifix Lane may sound like it would ward buyers off, but the Camberwell location comes out on top as the most expensive spooky street selling. While the average selling price of a home in SE1 is around £9,68,700, the price in Crucifix Lane is relatively much higher at £1,052,750.

Oxfordshire’s Broomstick Lane flies in behind, setting buyers back an average of £779,975. Although you are unlikely to see any witches whirling around, the scenic Oxfordshire location is popular for property buyers, with an average house price of £522,564 in the HP23 region.

Similarly, in Hampshire, buyers are clearly not too fussed about making a deal with the devil with a property on Devil’s Lane selling for a respectable average of £334,940.

In the north, you are more likely to grab a better bargain if you’re looking for a property with a haunting street name. Fictional demon barber Sweeney Todd is traditionally said to have lived and worked in Fleet Street in the 18th century. Whilst you might not run into any demon barbers in the 21st century, but you can surely grab a buzzing city centre apartment for an average of £105,694.

Elm Street in Manchester should ring a few bells for you movie buffs out there. At an average of £52,563, a house on this street won’t give you nightmares, if only you don’t come across a lurking Freddy Krueger in the neighbourhood.

Street name

Location

Average house price

Crucifix Lane

Camberwell, SE1

£1,052,750

Broomstick Lane

Oxfordshire, HP23

£779,975

Devil’s Lane

Hampshire, GU30

£334,940

Dead Lane

Colchester, CO7

£307,500

Bat Alley

Dorset, DT10

£302,875

Black Cat Drive

Northampton, NN5

£281,000

Hell Nook

Warrington, WA3

£254,333

Cemetery Road

Sheffield, S11

£152,356

Fleet Street

Liverpool, L1

£105,964

Conjurors Drive

Powys, LD7

£105,362

Hallow Drive

Newcastle, NE15

£89,950

Vampire Road

Lincoln, LN11

£82,082

Elm Street

Manchester, M29

£52,563

The findings are supported by a separate study done by the estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk, which reveals that properties on some of the nation’s scariest street names command the highest average house price.

Based on price paid data from Land Registry over the past 12 months, GetAgent’s analysis shows the most valuable Halloween related street name is ‘Grave’, with an average sold price of £405,000, 53% above the national average of £264,244.

Street names featuring the word ‘Lantern’ command the second-highest average house price at £395,000 – 49% higher than the national average.

Those looking to buy on a road with ‘Dead’ in the name can expect to pay 15% more than the national average, while homes on roads containing ‘Trick’, ‘Sweet’ and ‘Hell’ command a 14% premium.

Scary road name

Average (median) price

Difference vs National Average

Grave

£405,000

53%

Lantern

£395,000

49%

Dead

£303,750

15%

Trick

£301,500

14%

Hell

£300,000

14%

Sweet

£300,000

14%

Witch

£288,000

9%

Spider

£285,000

8%

Broom

£273,000

3%

Night

£262,000

-1%

Crow

£260,000

-2%

Blood

£215,000

-19%

October

£98,750

-63%

National

Average

£264,244

( Source – Gov.uk – Price Paid Data (Sep 2020 – Aug 2021) Table shows the average sold price for each Halloween related road name over the last year and how it compares to the national average )

Commenting on the research, Nima Ghasri, Director at GoodMove says: “Factors such as buyer behaviour and house price inflation come into play while buying a property, but overall, it’s interesting to see the money it could set buyers back to live on one of these spooky streets!”

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented: “Although the celebration of Halloween as we know it has largely been adopted from our friends across the pond, it’s become a firm favourite for many and marks the start of the winter festive season.

It also marks the start of the winter market rush whereby homebuyers and sellers across the nation set their eyes on completing before Christmas. So we can expect the manic market conditions of the last year to continue for the next few months at least.”

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