Question #144669. Asked by gtho4.
Last updated Oct 01 2017.
Originally posted Sep 29 2017 12:27 PM.
Postman's nightmare! The UK street where houses sharing the SAME address sit side-by-side due to bizarre reasonhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/postmans-nightmare-uk-street-houses-11237094
For years people have been getting the wrong packages delivered, for the most bizarre reason. Now many are starting to get fed up ... thanks to two neighbouring councils who couldn't co-ordinate over house numbers. Unfortunately for people living there, it means that Manchester Road is the only street in the UK where two houses with identical addresses sit right next to one another ... This strange situation is a result of Manchester Road being half in Salford and half in Bolton - and each council choosing how each half of the street is numbered. On either side of the border between the two boroughs sits a house numbered 443.
But few things are as baffling for Royal Mail staff as a street which runs from Salford to Bolton; it has caused confusion for as long as residents can remember. Manchester Road is the only street in the UK where two houses with identical addresses sit right next to one another. Not only are there two '443 Manchester Roads', there are also two '441 Manchester Roads' and two '439 Manchester Roads' - and so on. This strange situation is a result of Manchester Road being half in Salford and half in Bolton - and each council choosing how each half of the street is numbered.http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/worst-street-postman-britain-13673102
See these two houses? They're both number 443 Manchester Road! The one on the left is in Bolton and the one on the right is in Salford, both in Greater Manchester. They're literally next door to each other! I cannot get over how ridiculous a situation this is! It's possible to live in a house where your next-door neighbour on the same street has the same house number as you!http://www.paulplowman.com/stuff/house-address-twins-proximity/
I spoke to a chap who lived on the other side of the road (who, quite rightly, wanted to know why I was taking photos of people's houses). Apparently they've been trying for ages to get the two councils to put up signage to clarify the situation. You can see in the photo the sign on the Salford side which says "Manchester Road, Clifton", but without a corresponding sign on the Bolton side, or maybe arrows to indicate that "Clifton" refers to the area to the right of the sign, it doesn't really help.