From a link on Improbable Research, this demonstrates the dilemma of locating Edinburgh streets…I would say it would explain why my useless sofa company continues to have to phone me for each incompetent attempt at delivery of yet another broken sofa, but nah, that’s just them being utterly useless!!!
By dropping the word “Street” from my address, they’ve made me un-locateable!
An extract –
Buckstone is a particularly promiscuous forename. Street atlases list All of these:
Buckstone Avenue Buckstone Bank Buckstone Circle Buckstone Close Buckstone Court Buckstone Crescent Buckstone Crook Buckstone Dell Buckstone Drive Buckstone Gardens Buckstone Gate Buckstone Green Buckstone Grove Buckstone Hill Buckstone Lea Buckstone Loan Buckstone Loan East Buckstone Neuk Buckstone Place Buckstone Rise Buckstone Road Buckstone Row Buckstone Shaw Buckstone Terrace Buckstone View Buckstone Way Buckstone Wood Buckstone Wynd
That’s 28 different Buckstone streets. And for good measure there is also one that has no classname, just an attributive premodifier of the forename: High Buckstone.
There are actually way over fifty ways to lose your lover in this city’s streets. We get the first fifty from the fact that a cursory glance through a street index reveals that all of the following words to be quite common as street classnames in Edinburgh:
Approach Crescent Green Parade Square Arcade Crest Hill Park Street Avenue Dean Lane Passage Terrace Bank Dell Lea Path View Boulevard Drive Loan Place Villas Circle End Mains Promenade Walk Circus Entry Market Quadrant Way Close Gait Mews Rise Wood Cottages Gardens Mount Road Wynd Court Glebe Neuk Row Yard
But in fact, for any chosen forename, we can make many more than fifty well-formed street names.