THE roadway above might look like a link between two
streets, but - although there are no houses and no street name sign -
you are looking at Blankney Avenue, Nantwich. Ex-pats and others who
know Nantwich, it runs between Whitlow Avenue and Cronkinson Avenue.
It was originally named Blankney Drive 50 years ago, according to a
group who are running a campaign to have the name made official in the
60th anniversary year of the Victory in Europe and Victory over Japan in
the Second World War.
Their campaign is in memory of the sailors of HMS Blankney, the ship
that was adopted by the
townspeople during the war.
Although there are no houses in the short street - which is no more than
100 yards or so long - a house-building firm wanted to squeeze
yet more houses into the town on this spot last year. But local residents opposed the
move on the grounds that it had always been the intention in the
original plan that the two green areas should remain house-free. In any
case - as you can see - the grassed area is little more eight to 10
yards wide - where would the houses go?!
The Minutes of Nantwich Urban District Council (from the days before Nantwich was
swallowed up in a Crewe and Nantwich Borough, leaving us with a Town
Council) show the intention to call the street Blankney Drive. The name
was later changed to Blankney Avenue but a sign was never erected in the
1950s because - it is believed - money was in short supply in post-war
Nantwich and no one lived in the street any way.
The Minutes are now housed in the record office at Chester, so
townspeople are not just relying on memory. A small party checked them
THE residents of The Blankney have
complained about approval being given to the name Blankney Avenue by
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
According to a report in the
Nantwich Chronicle of April 5, 2006, they say they should have been
consulted before the name was allowed and feel they have now lost their
A borough council
spokesman is quoted as saying there were no houses in the short road and
so there shouldn't be any confusion - and they consulted Nantwich Town
Council and Royal Mail "who both had no concerns."
This move comes on top of
another battle having been fought by the same residents, preventing a
developer from squeezing more homes into their small cul-de-sac.
A pity that HMS Blankney
cannot sail to their aid!
ACCORDING to "Talk of the Town" (the newsletter of
Nantwich Town Council) for Spring 2004, the town's link with HMS Blankney came when the government of the day launched an initiative for
towns throughout the country to adopt a
ship. This would give support to
the sailors and give the townspeople - often miles from the sea - an
interest in naval warfare.
A plaque in
Brookfield Hall, the headquarters of the Town Council, says it was
"presented to Nantwich Town Council by members of the ship's crew
in recognition of the support for their re-unions held in the town
1989 to 2001".
H.M.S. Blankney was a Hunt class escort destroyer named after Blankney
Hunt in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
lThis is based on a report in The Nantwich Chronicle of June 16 and the
Spring 2004 "Talk of the Town".
Picture: The plaque as seen in
"Talk of the Town"
Two ladies, local resident Sue
Garnett and Cllr Edith Williams of the Borough Council, are leading the
campaign and the council's planning department have said there is an
application for name plates to be erected.
is just one fly in the ointment. There is already a street in Nantwich
called The Blankney (pictured). This was no doubt named after the same ship
- although much later than the original street.
Mind you, Council
officials believe that as there is no-
one living in Blankney Avenue who would require letters
to be delivered, the postmen and women are not going to be confused by
the two similarly named streets.
In any case we already have a Park Road and Park View (different parks),
as well as Queen's Drive and Queen Street, not to mention streets with
in the same area - such as Barony Road, Buildings, Court and Terrace - without any confusion
for the postal authorities as far as I know.