The UK street where houses share the same number

It's all thanks to the council...

Is this the most confusing street in the UK?

If you live on this street in Manchester, you had best hope your postman is feeling switched on if your mail is going to arrive.

For years people have been getting the wrong packages delivered, for the most bizarre reason.

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Now many are starting to get fed up, the Manchester Evening News reports.

A street which runs from Salford to Bolton is at the heart of the confusion, 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.

Not only are there two '443 Manchester Roads', there are also two '441 Manchester Roads' and two '439 Manchester Roads' - and so on.

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Nowhere else in the UK can you find two properties with the same address

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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.

Moving down the street, away from the divide, the house numbers decrease - while all the time mirroring one another.

Posties already have a hard enough time navigating the city.

There are a total of nine Manchester Roads in Greater Manchester. While this might not compare with the nearly 2,000 Station Roads or the 379 London Roads across the UK, it's still likely to have given many a delivery man a headache.

Nowhere else in the UK can you find two properties with the same address, next to each other on the same street.

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James Nicholas said post and parcels meant for him are often delivered to the other address

Even more confusingly, there is both a 441 Manchester Road and a 441A Manchester Road on the Bolton side of the divide.

And neither the residents of Manchester Road, Salford council, Bolton council or even Royal Mail know exactly when this strange situation came about.

Each property on Manchester Road has a different postcode but this doesn't stop residents from regularly receiving each other's packages.

"Half the time people come here with parcels that are meant for the other house," says James Nicholas, who lives at one of the two 441 Manchester Roads.

"It's a bit daft really, but over the years we've got used to it."

Mr Nicholas, who is retired but runs a mobile disco, says the road has been numbered this way since he arrived 44 years ago. In that time he's had an unexpected fridge delivery and has become accustomed to walking down the road to his counterpart to collect his milk - delivered to the wrong 441 '50 per cent of the time'.

The biggest shame, says the Salford resident with a forlorn look, is that council tax is cheaper on the Bolton side of the border.

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The lack of co-ordination has caused years of confusion

Nigel Doyle, 36, lives a few doors down at 431.

"It's a pain in the backside," he says.

"It's an issue with taxis and deliveries. Often they will park up outside the wrong house but then end up driving off when they don't see anyone come out."

Like his neighbour Mr Nicholas, Mr Doyle was also once greeted by an unexpected fridge delivery and takes in parcels from his corresponding house at least once a month.

The road's eccentricity has had one unexpected effect. After years of swapping parcels, both Mr Doyle and Mr Nicholas say they know their neighbours very well.

This bizarre set of circumstances was brought to light by blogger Paul Plowman who runs British Film Location, a database of movie filming locations in the British Isles.

The road is a nightmare for postal workers because of the identical addresses

"My interest was mainly sparked by noticing that there are streets which have the same name. For instance, I've noticed that there's a Downing Street just south of Piccadilly Station, and a Covent Garden in Stockport.

"And from there I just thought it must get confusing if you have two similarly named streets close together. And that led to me wondering what the two closest addresses are. And then I just decided to find out. I kinda like the detective work involved.

"It never occurred to me for a second that there might actually be next-door neighbours with the same number. It was a real shock."

In an attempt to decode this bemusing affair, the Manchester Evening News spoke to Royal Mail. After some digging they confirmed that the council is responsible for a road's name and numbering within its boundary.

But still no one at either Salford or Bolton council could tell us just when Manchester Road became a contender for the worst street to be a postman on in the UK.

Maybe those who were there at the time have moved on. Maybe this quirk materialised so long ago those residents have passed away. Whatever the case, what's clear is the origin of Manchester Road's oddball numbering remains just a mystifying as the quirk itself.


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