Weird Street Names in the UK

Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, York

by Juliette Amadis Tuesday 8 April 2014

Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, York
© Chris Downer (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Whip ma Whop Ma gate is located in York, North Yorkshire, England. This street is not only famous for its strange name but also for being the smallest street in York.

The origin of the name is unknown and unclear but some say it derives from the phrase Whitnourwhatnourgate meaning “What a street!” but modern sources translate the phrase as “Neither one thing nor the other”. 

Don’t you find it funny that York’s shortest street also has the longest name of all! 

Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, York, Chris Downer (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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