Street Names: A collection of themed e-books

NOTES: Compass points in street names abound in every town and village to identify a location or direction, usually in relation to the centre of the town or village. 'Compass Point' must, however, be quite an unusual name for a road. 'West Hill Road North' is interesting for having two compass points in the one name. Hoping one day to find a North-West Street, or better still a South Southeast Road.

NOTES: Street names often reflect local history and this collection obviously relates to 'old' money. I suspect that the 'Pound' in Pound Road, Lane and Street (and especially Pound Gate Drive) is more likely to refer to an enclosure of some kind rather than a unit of money, but still happy to include them in this collection. Crown Street may well not be a reference to the old five shilling coin and Sovereign Crescent is possibly more likely to be a reference to the person than to the coin, but without other evidence they seem appropriate in this collection. Likewise 'Stirling' with this spelling is quite obviously a geographical reference rather than a monetary one, but will include it for now, until I come across a road with the appropriate spelling. It may be interesting to note that despite the 'low' value of some of the coinage referenced in this collection these are certainly not streets where one will find any so-called 'affordable' housing.

NOTES: A veritable rainbow of street names but as yet no purple, violet, or indigo. Tertiary colours and monochrome tones a-plenty, including metallics. Now looking for more pastels to go with Pinks Hill.

NOTES: This is by no means a comprehensive collection of counties and county towns but so far includes a fair spread across England, Scotland and Wales. I have included Wessex although it is not strictly a county but history suggests it should be in this collection. Wonder if any roads are named after other Saxon kingdoms like Mercia or East Anglia. 

NOTES: This may not seem, at first glance, like a promising theme for a collection, but have to admit it was suggested by my wife after we came across Christmas Hill. Although the 'Carroll' here is more likely a reference to a person, maybe Lewis Carroll, these roads are included in this collection as this is accepted as a less usual spelling of the songs sung at Christmas.

NOTES: A surprising number of street names refer to food, foodstuffs or people who prepare or supply food. This probably comes from the days of live animal markets, hence the preponderance of fish, fowl and meat references. In this collection there are significantly fewer references to 'sweet' foods, and the inclusion of 'Battenburg Road' and 'Madeira Grove' (as names of cakes) is something of a cheat, as the names probably have more to do with our Betty's original family name and pleasant memories of a holiday in Portugal. I am quite pleased though with some of the double pages combinations, and sequences - Milk & Honey > Honey & Lemon, and Garlic Bread.

I have now added a section about food and drink sourcing and suppliers as this seems appropriate. With most towns and villages having, at some time, a food market, then Market Streets, Squares and Roads abound, as, of course, do Mills and Farms.

NOTES: Trees (usually native species) used in street names are often intended to invoke images of wide tree-lined avenues in an imaginary suburban paradise. Unfortunately the reality is that they are more frequently used in 'modern' housing estates of a uniform drab design formula. Tree names evoke nature, longevity and stability, and reference our historic and cultural landscape, where oak, ash and birch predominate. In rare instances the street names may reference an actual ancient tree, orchard or woodland that once marked the spot where housing developers have since seen a marketing opportunity to exploit

I am still looking for a collective noun for Part Two of this collection which includes woods, forests, orchards, groves, copses, etc.

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