As its reported that unusual place names can affect property prices, we look at the origins of the name Radyr

Radeer…Rarder…Radyer... As far as Welsh place names and confusing pronunciations go, Radyr isn’t quite up there with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch or, more closer to home, Llanbradach or Tongwynlais, but it’s fair to say Radyr may confuse some.

Theories of the origins of the name Radyr differ, but it is believed to derive from the writings of eleventh century cleric, Lifris. One theory points to a piece of land known as Aradur Hen which is mentioned in Lifris' ‘Life of Saint Cadog’, while another speculates it comes from Lifris’ story about Tylyway; a religious hermit who lived on the banks of the River Taff in a cell called ‘yr adur’.

Whatever its roots, Radyr has evolved from an ‘agricultural hamlet’ in the Middle Ages to a thriving suburb of Cardiff with its own comprehensive school, train station and main shopping street. The Cardiff Corinthians Football Club – aka the Corries, who we are proud to sponsor – play their home games at the Riverside Football Ground in Radyr and the community also boasts its own Golf Club and Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite it not rolling off your tongue like some simpler place names, the interesting, yet inoffensive name ‘Radyr’ will never impact the popularity of the region. However, there are cases where village, town and even street names are affecting house prices.

Apparently, street names that are descriptive increase the value of homes while names with rude connotations can be a disadvantage, with some surveys suggesting offensive or humorous names can reduce property prices by as much as a fifth. These surveys are, of course, completely unscientific and should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it was found that homes on Butts Road in Wolverhampton were selling for around £66k less than a neighbouring less-offensively-named street.

‘What other funny place names are there?’ we hear you ask?! Well, how would you fancy living in Brokenwind in Aberdeenshire? Or Ha-Ha Road in London? How about Scratchy Bottom in Dorset, Witts End in Bedfordshire or Ugley in Essex?! Personally, we think we’ll stick with Radyr!
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