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Leave Our Butthole Alone, Says English Town

The residents of Shepshed are proud of their most famous street, Butthole Lane.

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One would be wrong to assume that the English town of Shepshed, Leicestershire is embarrassed about the name of its most famous street, Butthole Lane. While residents of other more discerning English towns have gone out of their ways to change the names of their similarly named streets and roads—like those of Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, who changed the name of their Butt Hole Road to the far less provocative Archers’ Way—the residents of Shepshed say they’re proud of their Butthole Lane.


"It is part of the tradition of Shepshed. Everybody that is a Shepshedian by birth has happy memories of Butthole Lane,” said 77-year old Shepshed resident Bill Hutchinson. “If you asked every household in Shepshed, if you got ten (who said yes) I would be surprised because of the memories it has for us all... It is a permanent fixture, I would hope, for centuries to come, and anyone proposing to change it would be laughed out of court."

According to the Leiceister Mercury, the word “butt” means target, and the location was so named in reference to its former function as a site for target practice. Perhaps the residents Shepshed are taking a cue from The Trinity of Tedium to capitalize on the local notoriety of their famous Butthole.

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