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The top 10 worst places to live in England for 2020

Did your town make the cut?

Jamie Roberts

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When it comes to ranking the worst town in England we’re really spoiled for choice, and whatever list you come up with it’s sure to divide opinion.

But that’s exactly what ilivehere.co.uk has done, and after the roaring success of their 2019 list they’ve come back with the worst places of 2020 – here’s last year’s top 10 in case you missed it.

They asked their audience to vote for the crappest places to live in our glorious country, and the results didn’t disappoint, with a record 80,172 people voting for the top 10 worst towns to live in for 2020.

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The list has some big changes from last year, and this time round only one Greater Manchester spot made the list, with Yorkshire making the strongest showing.

Without further ado, here’s the 2020 top 10 in full:

10) Halifax

A new entry for 2020, the West Yorkshire town of Halifax is first on the list. If you’ve not been before, get yourself down to the Acapulco Club (or the Acca if you’re local) when lockdown is over, as it boasts 75p drinks and the stickiest floors in the UK. Some people were less than favourable with their description of the town, with one saying: “I soon realised that I would need an interpreter in Halifax as the locals spoke only in grunts and squints”

9) Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is up next, with the top 10 shithole regular making a triumphant return after missing out on a spot last year. However, the Staffordshire city probably wished it’d stayed out, as it got absolutely slammed: “It’s like somebody kidnapped every single village idiot in the world, gave them a shite accent and dropped them here.” Ouch…

8) Wakefield

Another new entry and another West Yorkshire spot, Wakefield‘s been hovering around the top 10 for the last decade and has finally broken through –  well done. People didn’t hold back when panning Wakey, with one saying: “I can’t stress how bad this place is. Little 9 year olds telling you to fuck off when you are waiting at the bus stop, 6 people crammed into a small shitty car all with snapbacks on with a smirk-ish grin on their faces, etc etc etc. Need I go on.”

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7) Keighley 

There’s a theme developing here, as our third new entry to the list is also located in West Yorkshire. This time it’s Keighley: “I have never encountered such a depressing, unfriendly and dull place in my life. The more time I spent there, the more I felt I was trapped in some groundhog day loop of repeating misery.”

6) Nottingham

Finally a new entry that isn’t from the West Riding of Yorkshire – Nottingham stormed into the top 10 as a surprise entry, with a last minute surge of voting on the final day catapulting it from shithole obscurity to a respectable sixth spot. Here’s what they had to say: “The most famous street in Nottingham is Forest Road. A quick trip to Radford will beggar belief. Prostitutes stand at every corner and crevice along this god-forsaken road.”

5) Rotherham

South Yorkshire’s Rotherham moves up one spot to fifth this year, with one former resident revealing why they moved away from the town: “After a year of reading headlines in the Rotherham Advertiser like ‘Chip Pan Fire Guts House’, ‘Body found outside Takeaway’ and ‘Asbo Grandad at it again’ I decided I somehow didn’t fit in and moved away.”

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4) Rochdale

Greater Manchester’s only entry this time round – down from two last year – Rochdale has dropped down one place to fourth. Whoever wrote this didn’t think much of the inhabitants: “The cesspit of the universe, where evolution took a break and told them to breed with their sisters over and over and over.”

3) Huddersfield

After being crowned the king of crap towns in 2018, Huddersfield fell into second spot last year, and has dropped down one further in 2020, only managing third place and a bronze medal. According to one local: “Huddersfield should be avoided by all those who desire to keep their wallets, mobile phones and most of all their sense of smell”, while another succinctly added: “Not all of Huddersfield is bad… just 70% of it.”

2) Doncaster

Doncaster had threatened to make the top ten for years, before finally breaking through last year with a respectable fourth spot. Well, this year Donny has gone two better, rising up to second place and losing out on the crown by a meagre 157 votes – there’s always next year lads. This local isn’t a fan: “A night out in Donny is magical, with bums sitting on steps drinking white lightning near the old Purple Door strip club or the Jobcentre and lovely ladies with near nothing on, looking to volunteer to contribute to Doncaster’s rising pregnancy rate.”

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1) Peterborough

Peterborough has done it again, after taking the number one spot last year as a surprise entry the city has retained its crown as the biggest dump in England. One local says: “The atmosphere in Peterborough is draining. You feel totally isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, as though everything else is going on and you’re not part of it as you’re stuck in this dump”, while another added a word of warning to would-be travellers to the area: “One thing to bear in mind, if booking a weekend getaway in Peterborough, it is customary if a stranger holds eye contact with you for more than three seconds, to shout “WHAT”??? and become extremely aggressive.”

You can see the original list in all its glory here.

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Inside the Wigan home ‘frozen in the 1970s’ that’s on the market for the first time ever

This is ICONIC!

Alex Watson

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If you love the ’70s you’ll love this house that is going on the market for the first time, which will transport you to the decade of platforms, flares and shag pile carpet. 

The family home in Wigan is thought to be going on the market for the first time ever, but inside is a ’70s lover’s dream.

Throughout the entire house is décor from the decade, including a retro orange sofa, plenty of frosted glass and shag carpets of course. 

It’s three bedroom and is tucked away in Parbold on Croasdale Drive.

Regan and Hallworth
Regan and Hallworth

Estate Agent Regan and Hallworth say that ‘despite requiring extensive modernisation’ the house ‘has an undeniably timeless appeal’.

You’ll also find teak wood storage units in just about every room, and plenty of earth-toned accessories throughout. 

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There’s a huge copper fire place in the living room complimented by dark brown walls and a patterned ceiling. 

The kitchen is covered with white cabinets with a wood trim, an unusual corner sink situation, plus a fitted microwave on the lower half of the cabinets. 

Regan and Hallworth
Regan and Hallworth

The bathroom is covered in dark marble tiles and a frosted window above the bath, complimented by gold furnishing and trims on both the toilet and sink – plus a gold shower! 

For all the quirky features the house is actually surprisingly minimalist, it’s bright and has a big open plan living room. 

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It’s also been designed with an upside-down layout meaning the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living room is on the second floor, taking advantage of the views over the trees. 

The house is located on a leafy lane and features a glass-front, extensive driveway space with a double garage and plenty of greenery to enjoy from your orange sofa.

Regan and Hallworth
Regan and Hallworth

Regan and Hallworth add: “We don’t believe that ‘Beech Hill’ has ever been on the open market before and offers an incredibly rare opportunity for a wide range of buyers to purchase a home of true distinction with tons of potential without having to pay the huge premium you normally expect to pay to live in one of West Lancashire’s most sought after locations.

“Available with the added benefit of no upward chain, early viewing is highly recommended.”

Offers are in excess of £400,000. Find out more info here

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A look back at Manchester’s greatest nightclubs and venues

How many have you been to?

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Over the years numerous iconic nightclubs, bars and pubs have disappeared from Manchester. Some of these venues have been legendary, others, well, were just a bit dodgy.

Either way, if you visited one it will have left a lasting impression – whether this is positive or negative is another question entirely.

With that in mind, what better time to take a little trip down memory lane and remember some of the forgotten clubs of our city. Enjoy…

Piccadilly 21s

Piccadilly 21s was a ‘90s party paradise located in Piccadilly Gardens. It had a reputation for being very loud, very messy and very sticky, with cheap drinks to boot – there were even chandeliers in the bogs.

Unfortunately it also had a reputation for being rough as owt, after it managed to attract gang members and other unsavoury clientele in the late ‘80s and 90s, and it eventually shut down in 2004.

These days it’s a Premier Inn and a Nando’s – so the floors are probably just as sticky to be fair.

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Rotters

Besides having a name which would prove a branding nightmare for modern PR-led venues, Rotters boasted some of the best parties in the city, after it took over the site from Romanoff’s.

Located at the top of Oxford Road, in the ‘70s and ‘80s Rotters was a hugely popular nightclub, especi

It was housed inside the old Gaumont Cinema, and sadly the whole building was demolished in 1990 and replaced by an NCP car park.

Pips

Pips, located behind the cathedral, was a popular nightclub in the ‘70s, and was frequented by local musical celebs like Joy Division, Ian Brown, Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

It boasted four different rooms playing a variety of music, including a Punk room, Soul room and the infamous Roxy room with a huge Brian Ferry painting on the wall.

Pips closed in the early ‘80s before becoming a club called Konspiracy – which closed not long after.

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The Plaza

The Plaza was one of the city’s most popular venues to dance to the likes of Sinatra and Elvis in the ‘60s, and was located on Oxford Street.

Owned by Jimmy Savile, the disgraced DJ pioneered lunchtime disco sessions for the city’s young workers, where you could grab a quick lunch and soft drink while having a dance.

It later turned into Tiffany’s in the ‘70s, complete with fake palm trees and loads of disco balls, before finally becoming Tropicana, which closed in the late ‘80s. It’s now a Pizza Express.

The Hacienda

We couldn’t do a list of iconic Mancunian nightclubs and not include what is arguably one of the most famous venues in the world.

Founded by Tony Wilson in 1982, the Hacienda managed to define a whole era in the city, putting ‘Madchester’ on the map. Acid House and rave culture was born here – as were New Order and the Happy Mondays.

The club closed in 1997 and was demolished 18 months later, with a block of nondescript red brick flats now on the site – called The Hacienda Apartments.

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Jilly’s Rockworld

Jilly’s was a Manchester institution. Originally called Fagin’s, it opened in 1970 on Oxford Road before being renamed Jilly’s in 1983, eventually adding Rockworld to the end.

The alternative club was always packed full with a cross section of people with a passion for guitar music, including punks, skaters, goths, metalheads, and indie kids.

Underneath was another club called the Musicbox – previously Rafters – but sadly both venues shut their doors back in 2010.

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There’s a hidden tranquil waterfall located in the hills above Rochdale

This looks so peaceful!

Alex Watson

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If you’re after some tranquillity in your life (let’s face it – we all are), this is the perfect escape and it’s not too far away from Manchester. 

Tucked away in the hills above Norden in Rochdale is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by luscious woodland, and its the perfect weekend walk.

Naden Valley is home to four huge reservoirs Naden Higher, Naden Middle, Naden Lower and Greenbooth, which all offer perfect exploring options and ample walking opportunities.  

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From the top of the valley you’ll find stunning views of Manchester city centre’s skyline towering over the hills in the distance. 

The trickling waterfall is in the southwestern corner of Greenbooth reservoir, and is actually heading towards the United Utilities-owned reservoir after running through a housing estate. 

There are clear circular footpaths around each reservoir that are perfect for a gentle stroll and are mostly accessible. 

There are several flights of stairs to reach the waterfall which is slightly off path and requires a bit of careful exploring. 

If waterfalls are your thing, you could also head to Rivington Pike’s forgotten Japanese Gardens just outside of Chorley. 

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