Why chose these names for houses site?





A view of the Regents Park housing development, looking down Stanley Boughey Place. Going off to the right is Blears Avenue



Pictures by Andrew Lamberton

USING his knowledge of local history, Andrew expresses a personal opinion about the choice of the street names on the Regents Park housing development.


I WAS shocked and disappointed to discover that two new roads in Nantwich - on Regents Park, the housing development off Crewe Road - had been named most inappropriately.

    I always understood that road names should, if at all possible, give credit to the history of the immediate local area.

   The houses have been built on land which at one time belonged to Philip Barker. After his death in the late 1890s, a school was established on the site, called Willaston School. This school survived for 37 years and some old boys went on to become famous in their own right - such as Henry Mellor (Times newspaper editor), Norman Ebbutt (Times Correspondent, thrown out of Germany in 1933 by Adolf Hitler); Sir Alan Parkes, and Sir Robert de Zouch Hall.

   Leaving that aside, when the houses were built on some of this land, but off London Road, at least the roads had a connection with the school. We have Hirsch Close, named after Philip Hirsch VC; Lewis Close after the first headmaster, Guy Lewis; Worthington Close after A.H.Worthington, Secretary to the Governors; and

Brunner Grove after Sir John Brunner who laid the foundation stone for the school.



   The developers and local authorities in their wisdom have decided to name a new road Stanley Boughey Place. Stanley Boughey, who was awarded a VC, was born in Liverpool and the very tenuous connection with Nantwich is that he was the son of Lucy Boughey of Yew Tree Farm, Hurleston.

   A far more deserving candidate for recognition would be Thomas Hale VC who at least was born, lived, and was a JP for many years in Nantwich. He died in Faddiley.

   It is a shame that the memorial board commemorating the 12 old boys who died in World War 1 is no longer on site. Maybe one or more of these names could have been used.

    And where does Blears come from? While it may be appropriate to recognise the sacrifice of one Nantwich family through the deaths of three brothers, the name ought to be used in a more suitable location.

   The roads could have been named Lang Jones Place and Jacks Road after the next two headmasters after Guy Lewis. Other candidates could have been any of the old boys mentioned and if the argument is that the boys were not local then what about Jim Edleston, the architect who died quite recently? He was a pupil of the school.

    It is to be hoped that future roads on this estate will be named more appropriately.


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