A to Z of Bristol

I have to make a confession. This isn’t really a very good A to Z. There isn’t even an A for starters, and there aren’t many of the other letters either, although I have two for C. Please do not use this post to help you find your way around Bristol. You will get lost.

So now you’re thinking aren’t you, what even is the point of this post? It’s a good question.

There isn’t one really, other than I found a street name that I thought was funny, and it made me wonder what other unusual street names there might be in the city. I had a look in a real A to Z of Bristol, and found a few more, and here they are.

Do let me know if you have any interesting street names of your own.

First off…

Battenburg Road

What no cake?

I got there, and guess what? No cake. Shocking.

And this one…

Cheese Lane

Just around the corner from Cracker Alley

No cheese either, surprise surprise. I’d learnt my lesson from Battenburg Road though, so I wasn’t so disappointed this time. Cheese Lane actually has some significance for me, as it was where I parked my car when I went for the job interview for my first proper job out of University. There’s a fascinating fact for you.

You next one is just childish…

Cock Road


I felt pretty silly getting out of the car to take the photo. I tried to look casual and slightly scathing at the same time, trying to create the impression to passers-by that perhaps I was taking the picture for a friend, against my will.

To balance that one, how about this for a street name…

Happy Lane

*stops sniggering*

That’s just nice isn’t it? If you had to choose a street to live in, Happy Lane sounds pretty promising.

And finally, at least I got one thing right…

Zed Alley

The end



    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:50 am

      Cock. It’s so childish, but so funny. Who would have chosen that name??

  1. 3 May, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    Yup, also sniggering at Cock Road. Any other childish ones we can convince you to go and snap?!

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:50 am

      If you hear of any in Bristol you’d like me to take pictures of I’m happy to accept the challenge :-)

  2. 3 May, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    Fab place names. If I lived on Batternburg Lane, I’d bloody open a cake shop selling it!

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:51 am

      It does feel like a missed opportunity doesn’t it? It would be a great address – ‘The Cake Shop, Battenburg Lane’.

  3. themummyadventure
    3 May, 2012 / 10:01 pm

    have you seen the inbetweeners, they tour England taking pictures at silly street names. Going to Bristol for the first time this weekend and will look out for cock lane

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:52 am

      I clearly have the same level of humour as a teenage boy. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:52 am

      Lol, that is because I am so very funny :-)

  4. 3 May, 2012 / 10:14 pm

    You missed Johnny Ball Lane! Surely the funniest street name in Bristol (its next to Hotel du Vin)

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:53 am

      Really?? I think I might need to do a part two…

  5. Nicky
    4 May, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    ‘There and back again lane’ is brilliant, near Berkeley Square at the top of Park St. It’s a dead end, by the way…

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:54 am

      THAT’S the one I was trying to think of! I knew I’d seen a street somewhere that was more like a sentence, but my elderly brain couldn’t remember what or where it was. I definitely feel a part two coming on.

  6. 4 May, 2012 / 6:07 pm

    I lived in bristol most of my life and never seen any of those, awesome, i she most of my ex boyfriends live in Cock lane

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:55 am

      Hahaha! Do you think it’s where they banish people, as a warning for other women?

  7. 4 May, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    Cock Road

    Fanny Street in Cardiff always makes me laff

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:55 am

      Fanny Street. *snigger*. We should get them together. They could make Baby Avenue.

    • 5 May, 2012 / 7:57 am

      Awesome! I like Economy Road – a cul-de-sac because they were on a budget obviously.

  8. 5 May, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    I used to live up North and giggled like a school child every time we passed Wetwang!

  9. 7 May, 2012 / 5:54 am

    Ahhh I so want to live in Happy Lane! Would make me smile every time I wrote my address! :)

  10. lisbeth
    7 May, 2012 / 9:09 pm

    It would be quite STRESSFUL living in Happy Lane. What happens if your life fell to pieces or you were horribly depressed?! You’d feel terribly embarassed…

  11. 11 October, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    Just randomly found this in your archive, and have to suggest my favourite Bristol road name, if you ever get to part 2. Cat Brain Lane. Ewww.

  12. 17 December, 2013 / 8:25 am

    Ha ha! Love it. Pitch and Pay Lane is an interesting one – apparently during the plague traders outside the city used to “pitch” or toss their wares to the people within the boundary and they would “pay” by throwing money back. There and Back Again Lane is actually named after one of The Hobbit Books I believe – but was obviously named as a joke due to the fact it’s so short.

    These days I actually live near Wetwang (mentioned above) and the gloriously named Land of Nod.

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