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Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds among most festive towns in the UK, according to Royal Mail's new research of place names



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Two Suffolk towns are among the UK's most festive places, according to new research that says they keep the Christmas feeling all year round.

Royal Mail's address management unit analysed more than 31 million addresses and found that Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds are among the UK's top 15 towns and cities based on the number of Christmas-themed street and house names they have.

Topping the list though is London with 675 streets and houses with festive names, followed by York (480) and Norwich (459).

Christmas lights in Ipswich. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council
Christmas lights in Ipswich. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council

And Ipswich (168) comes in at 11th, while Bury St Edmunds (157) is next and places 12th on the list.

Ipswich and Mildenhall, near Bury St Edmunds, are both home to the most popular festive street name too – King Street – which is found on 1,617 streets in the UK.

Among the other festive place names in the Bury St Edmunds area are Angel Hill, Angel Lane, Bell Corner, Bell Lane, Bell Meadow, Chestnut Close, Chestnut Crescent, Chimney Mills, Fir Tree Court, Garland Street, Holly Close, Holly Walk, Hollybush Corner, Ivy Court and Mistletoe Close.

A Christmas tree on Bury St Edmunds' Angel Hill in a previous year
A Christmas tree on Bury St Edmunds' Angel Hill in a previous year

And in the Ipswich area, some of the Christmas-themed places include Angel Place, Angel Road, Angel Street, Bell Barn Lane, Bell Close, Bell Lane, Bell Mews, Chestnut Avenue, Chestnut Close, Chestnut Drive, Chestnut Rise, Fir Tree Lane, Garland Close, Holly Blue Close, Holly Close, Holly End, Holly Lane, Holly Road, Ivy Tree Lane, Stable Court and Star Lane.

Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail’s address management unit, said: “Street, house and building names chiefly reflect our nation’s heritage and primary interests.

"The enduring spirit of Christmas clearly extends well past December 25th in the UK, as so many festive terms are resonant in the names of our streets and houses.”

See the full list of the UK's most festive cities and towns, according to the Royal Mail's research, below.

London (675)

York (480)

Norwich, Norfolk (459)

Bristol (341)

Manchester (304)

Maidstone, Kent (211)

Guildford, Surrey (200)

Doncaster, Yorkshire (198)

Birmingham (186)

Leeds (181)

Ipswich, Suffolk (168)

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (157)

Nottingham (144)

Lincoln (141)

Banbury, Oxfordshire (132)

Leicester (128)

Bridgend (126)

Sheffield (126)

Gloucester (107)

Exeter, Devon (102)

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