If there’s one thing England has a lot of, it’s shit holes… And apparently Yorkshire has many of them. That’s of course according to ilivehere.co.uk who have ranked the top 10 worst places to live in the UK.
Utilising the voice of their audience, ilivehere.co.uk asked their followers to vote for the worst places to live in the UK, and the 42,572 participants didn’t hold back.
Now, us Yorkshire folk all know that we’re far superior than the rest of Britain… Even our bad parts were handcrafted by God for a reason, and if you ask us, only we Yorkshireman can say any of them are shit holes. But that didn’t stop participants voting for a fair few of our beloved towns and villages in the list.
Here’s the top 10 worst places to live (apparently):
Unfortunately for our pals in Cas Vegas, this is the second year running that they’ve made the list – making their official debut as one of the worst places to live just last year.
One resident went as far as to say “In a town where everybody is a blood relative of the person next to them, you have to wonder whether the essence of chavdom stems from bad breeding, or in the case of Castleford, possible interbreeding. A trip to Castleford is a real eye opener… and you need to keep your eyes open because if you dare to close them, they’d have your wallet faster than you could say ‘XR3i.”
South Yorkshire is used to having a bad rep (I can say this because I’m from there), so it’s no hard feelings that Rotherham has debuted at #6 this year.
A former resident who voted for the town said of its unique charm: “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.” – they’re right, I suppose it’s an acquired taste.
At this point, we don’t even bat an eyelid when Hull features on this list, because it’s been a permanent fixture here since 2005. Yep, for almost 15 years now Hull has retained its glory as a true shit hole, even topping the list a whole three times. I don’t know about you, but I’m bursting with pride.
A participant said of the city: “Just spend 10 minutes stood outside the Maternity Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary. Watch in amazement as 15 year old Courtney shouts at her 3 kids to ‘fooking get back ‘ere or I’ll fooking bray yer’ as she chain smokes her 3rd fag before re-entering the building to spit out another no-dad”.
As a Donny native I have to say, number 4 only seems right for the South Yorkshire town I’ve called home for many years. We’ve never quite made the top 10, but at last we’ve finally smashed through in style – not only making the top 10, but the top 5.
Not only did this one participant note their distaste for our little grey bubble, but they also noted that we were essentially the filling for a proper shit hole sandwich, saying: “Ahhh Doncaster, that shit-hole surrounded by other shit-holes such as Hull, Barnsley, Pontefract, Scunthorpe and Rotherham”.
Another added: “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 chavvettes with near nothing on, looking to volunteer to contribute to Doncasters rising pregnancy rate”. Oh Silver Street, how we love to hate you.
After topping the list last year, Huddersfield’s crown has officially been snatched and knocked down a peg… But not to fear, because it really was a close one this year.
One voter said of the town: “So in short if you like your car windows, teeth, kneecaps etc. then avoid this shithole like you would a man with leprosy! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!”. Passionate. I like it.
I’ve got to say, I’m taken aback that Yorkshire had so many entries this year – especially with our Lancashire mates only having a few and the Midlands having nothing in the top 10, but us Yorkshiremen can take it in our stride. We’re proud of our shit holes, so here’s to making number one again next year and regaining our crown!