Trump's victory over Clinton - on British streets

Sarah Coles
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The big battle of Trump vs Clinton will play itself out over the next few days, however, a much more unexpected battle between the two heavyweights has been playing out for the past five years on British streets, and a new study has revealed that Trump is the runaway winner.

London estate agents Thorgills looked at house prices in the streets with either Clinton or Trump in their name. Surprisingly Trump roads saw prices rise 37.9% over the period, while Clinton streets rose just 27.2%.

Top of the pile in terms of house price growth, was Trumpington Road in the London borough of Waltham Forest, with average prices rising 56.6% in the past five years. While Clinton Avenue in Blackpool saw prices rise just 11.8% in five years, to languish at the bottom of the property price ladder.

This could come as something of a property market upset, as traditionally having a laughable word like 'Trump' in a road name tends to put off potential buyers. A study in 2014 by needaproperty.com found that living in a street with a 'rude' name knocked a fifth off the property value.

It asked people to rate the most off-putting street names, and discovered the worst was Minge Lane in Upton-upon-Severn, followed by Slag Lane in Lowtown and Fanny Hands Lane in Ludford.

However, close analysis reveals that the study opted for a very broad definition of 'having Trump in the name'. These included Trumper Way and Trumper Road, but also Trumpington Road, Trumpet Hill Road, and Trumpets Lane.

Named after celebrities

In reality, the tradition of naming streets after famous people has dramatically declined in the UK. It was all the rage in the 18th and 19th century, when landowners, builders, architects, prominent people who bought properties on the street, or politicians or royals of the age were rewarded with a street name of their own.

It has led to some unfortunate associations, such as Liverpool's Penny Lane, named after James Penny, an 18th century slave trader, and Selous Street in Camden, named after a game hunter in South Africa. In the 1980s it was renamed Mandela Street.

In the US, meanwhile, the tradition is alive and well. Various cities rename streets regularly in recognition of celebrities, and there are plenty of roads named after all kinds of people. New York City alone is home to Joey Ramone Place, Diana Ross Playground, Humphrey Bogart Place, Duke Ellington Boulevard, Run DMC JMJ Way, Peter Jennins Way (named after a newsreader) and U2 Way.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, doesn't wait for a city to honour him in this way: he's happy to plaster his own name over a huge number of developments.

But what do you think? Would you rather live in a street named after Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton? Let us know in the comments.