Britain’s 10 Crappiest Towns

A book, Crap Towns Returns, has ranked Britain’s bleakest conurbations.

10. Stoke-on-Trent.

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Crap fact: It’s linked to the M6 at two junctions.

9. High Wycombe.

Crap fact: A 2007 survey found litter on 28.5% of its streets.

8. Nuneaton.

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Crap fact: In 2000, it was a national finalist in the Britain in Bloom competition.

7. Coventry.

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Crap fact: The Butts Park Arena, home of Coventry Rugby Football Club, holds music concerts occasionally.

6. Gibraltar.

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Crap fact: There are quite a lot of foxes and bats there.

5. York.

Crap fact Vince Cable used to live there.

4. Southampton.

Crap fact: The Basingstoke Gazette is published three times a week.

3. Chipping Norton.

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Crap fact: In 1205, its main market place was moved. It is now a bit higher up the hill.

2. Bradford.

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Crap fact: The Kirkgate Shopping Centre, Bradford’s main shopping centre, has 550 parking spaces.

1. London.

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Crap fact: The name “London” used to only apply to the City of London but since 1889, it has also referred to the County of London and Greater London.

But why? “People in London just have no idea what’s happening in the rest of the country,” Sam Jordison, co-founder and editor of Crap Towns told the Guardian. “They take a lot of what works in Britain, but you don’t see much sign of them putting anything back.”

Crap Towns Retuns will be published next week. You can order it from their website, here.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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