We’ve figured out exactly where the North is by plotting every single Greggs store on a map
If you’re from Sheffield or Nottingham look away now
The north/south divide is the debate that defines our nation. Is the north just everything above Oxford? What about Nottingham and Leicester? They talk funny in Birmingham, so they must be northern right?
We need to find a way to solve this national identity crisis once and for all. We need a single, unifying thing that makes it easy to identify the north, one that brings them all together, resplendent in their northernness.
Obviously, this thing is Greggs.
We plotted the location of all 1,823 Greggs on a map of the UK to construct our very own Hadrian’s Wall, made entirely out of £1 sausage rolls.
Typically, you would expect the North to have way more Greggs, and we found, unsurprisingly, the more South you go the less Greggs there are.
Less than 25,000 people per Greggs is the benchmark to distinguish whether you live in the north. Any more than that and you can expect queues every time you fancy a steak bake, a wholly unacceptable concept to any true northerner.
Therefore, we can now re-draw this dividing line, based on which towns and cities have less or more than 25,000 per Greggs – finally giving us statistical evidence on the north/south divide.