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Cock-a-hoop in Yorkshire

The titillating tale of the naughtily named Tickle Cock underpass reared its head again this week. The project to revamp a railway bridge – part of the ongoing regeneration of Castleford, West Yorkshire – is being lovingly handled by Deborah Saunt of DSDHA. Earlier in the year the scheme was splashed across the local rags when residents succeeded in changing the long-standing moniker of the underpass from the rather demur Tittle Cott Bridge back to its original, snigger-inducing title. The name Tittle Cott had apparently been invented to dissuade the hoi-polloi from needless vulgarity – and no doubt to spare the blushes of the Quality. However Saunt, who was speaking about neighbourhood design at one of Sheffield’s ‘4x4’ architectural debates, has found the reinstated name is causing her unexpected problems. It seems the council’s email spam filter occasionally takes offence and has blocked some of her Tickle Cock-related mail…

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