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Shropshire street names: The weird, the wonderful and the downright rude

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Shropshire is a place of many unusual and unique things, from architecture to famous people - but non are as strange as some of the street names.

We take a look at some of the most bizarre street titles across the county.

Dog in the Lane, Telford

Dog in the Lane

Don't worry we don't actually think there are any dogs in the lane to speak of - but there are a few houses.

Grope Lane, Shrewsbury

Grope Lane in Shrewsbury

It's not hard to imagine how Grope Lane would have been in medieval times.

Some say the name originated from the fact that folk had to 'grope' their way along it, but the the more popular version of the story is that the lane was once a 'Red Light' district.

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Bogey Lane, Pontesbury

Bogey Lane. Picture: Google Maps

This is the location of the Mary Webb School, as well as Pontesbury Primary School and the villages library. Don't think that has any relevance to the naming of the road through.

The Dana, Shrewsbury

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The Dana is one of the more intriguing Shrewsbury place names. It starts as a walkway from Castle Street, continues round the Castle and across the railway, and then becomes a street skirting the old prison until it merges with Victoria Street. The Dana is named after Rev Edmund Dana (1739-1823), who was Vicar of Wroxeter.

Butts Road, Wellington

Butts Road in Wellington. picture: Google Maps

This residential road in Wellington kind of speaks for itself really.

Ball's Lane, The Gorge

The narrow Ball's Lane. Picture: Google Maps

This narrow little lane connects Broseley Wood to Jackfield, and it's a bit of a tight one.

Thieves Lane, Shrewsbury

Thieves Lane. Picture Google Maps

Thieves Lane followed the line of an old Roman road and is named so because it was said to be a way for robbers to avoid the main turnpike roads.

Featherbed Lane, Shrewsbury

Featherbed Lane, Shrewsbury

Featherbed Lane is one of Shrewsbury's oldest roads, but despite its history it is now just another busy road with a mixture of homes and businesses along its stretch.

Its name recently caught the eye of activists at Peta, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They say the use of feathers in beds is cruel – and want to change its name to Feather-free-Bed Lane.

Ice House Close, Hadley

Ice House Close. Picture: Google Maps

Not sure what the background is to this close, and as far as we can see there are no ice houses, but it's a pretty cool place.

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