A ROAD in York has the second rudest name in the UK, according to a recent study.

The research, carried out by motoring experts at LeaseVan.co.uk, has ranked Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, York's shortest street, to have the second rudest name in the country.

A spokesperson from the organisation said: "This silly name is longer than the very short street it belongs to. Dating back to 1505, the original name of Whitnourwhatnourgate translates to ‘what a street’.

"Visitors to York can also enjoy a visit to Goodramgate and Back Swinegate."

The street is always crowded with tourists taking pictures in front of the novelty street sign - and it's believed the city's whipping post and stocks once stood there.

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate ranks second behind Grope Lane in Shrewsbury, which was once best known for being a red-light district.

Also placing in the top 10 are Dick Place in Edinburgh, Crotch Crescent in Oxfordshire, Spanker Lane in Derbyshire and Willey Lane in Newthorpe.

"Funny or rude road names are a guaranteed way to break the ice. As vehicle specialists we’re constantly talking to drivers who spend their days travelling the length and breadth of the UK," the spokesperson added.