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Gropecunt Lane

In Medieval times, towns and cities across England boasted Gropecunt Lanes. These were the days when streets were named after their main function or economic activity and here were the main centres of prostitution.

The earliest recorded reference of a Gropecunt Lane was in the early 13th century but by the late 16th century all had witnessed name changes. Oxford’s became Magpie Lane, York’s Grape Lane, Covent Garden’s Maiden Lane. Here in Shrewsbury they just dropped the cunt and today it’s simply Grope Lane.

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