DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Street Name Desire Leads To Book Of City Roads
who have wondered why their road is called what it is can find out
in a book on the origins of Coventry street names.
than 700 road names are explained in the volume complied by former
Local Studies worker Margaret Smedley of Coventry Central Library.
started her odyssey of research when a library visitor asked the
meaning of a street name. After some research she managed to track
down the record detailing why the road was named as it was, and in
doing so began a collection of the city’s names.
Smedley spent hours of her spare time burrowing through the
records to try and bring all the information together. Seven years
later, the file of information she kept to answer queries has been
published by the city council.
information was there, but it wasn’t in one place.”
than 25 sources were used to verify the information in the book,
with old council committee papers forming the main bulk of the
Smedley said the trail started to dry up when the lists of names
to be approved was made purely alphabetical, instead of being
produced by theme.
makes it hard to be sure what the name means. In some cases
people have told me, but I had no evidence.”
example is Bush Close, which could be named after a tree or shrub,
but was in fact named after composer Alan Dudley Bush.
Smedley said she has plenty more names that could feature in
another volume if this book proves a hit, but added that her
long-term ambition is to edit the two-volume diaries of an
entertaining Coventry magistrate.
meaning of the Street Names of Coventry is priced £6.95, ISBN 1
85316 215 9.