Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wolverton Street Names V

The 1890s

The demand in the last decade of the 19th century was apparently for larger houses. Front gardens also became a new feature and bay windows were standard. Cambridge Street and Windsor Street extended the town further to the west and the south side of Green Lane, Victoria Street and Osborne Street rounded off this Victorian period of housing construction.

Cambridge Street was so named to complement the existing Oxford street and Green Lane took its name from the ancient trackway that had been well-travelled for at least 1000 years. The other three streets war coincident with Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee and this encouraged an outbreak of royal enthusiasm to name one street after the Queen, another after her favourite Isle of Wight house, and a third after Windsor Castle.
At this time also another short one-sided street was built at the eastern book end of Victoria Street. This was named Moon Street after The LNWR's long serving chairman, Sir Richard Moon.

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