A house, my kingdom for a house
QUESTION Is your home your castle?
ANSWER The much hyped, but ultimately soggy flotilla may be over and the star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace now a distant memory, but our love affair with all things royal in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee continues to surround us, especially when it comes to our own homes.
There's no greater reminder that an Englishman's home is his castle than by the fact that 13 new roads or properties have so far been created this year to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne, adding to the existing 24,047 in the UK that already refer to previous jubilees. Of these, some 19,761 are "road", "street" and other thoroughfare names while the remainder are property titles such as Jubilee House or Jubilee Hall, according to the research, by property website PrimeLocation.com.
There have now been five events in recent history to create such a large inventory of patriotic addresses including Queen Victoria's two jubilees – Gold in 1887 and Diamond in 1897 – as well as Queen Elizabeth II's Silver in 1977, Gold in 2002 and ongoing Diamond events.
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Bunting and flags aren't the only way to measure our love of the monarchy. The most patriotic town in the UK is Wakefield in West Yorkshire which has eight jubilee addresses including "Jubilee Avenue", "Jubilee Crescent", "Jubilee Road", "Jubilee Street", "Jubilee Way" and "Jubilee Cottages". This is followed by Deal in Kent and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire with seven each; King's Lynn in Norfolk, New Tredegar in Wales with six; and Waterlooville in Hampshire, Ashington in Northumberland, Gravesend in Kent, Pontefract in West Yorkshire and Reading in Berkshire with five.
And city folk are even more likely to have a royal address. London is the UK's most patriotic city with 28 jubilee addresses; followed by Bristol with 24; Newcastle upon Tyne with 16; Liverpool with 12; Leicester with ten, Norwich with eight and Manchester, Middlesbrough, Nottingham and Lincoln with five each.
Even if you don't live on a Jubilee Street or have one around the corner from your home, chances are you may do soon. It's anticipated a further 120 jubilee addresses will be created over the next 12 months further cementing the relationship between our homes and the royal family.