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GinN Report 25 Jan 2013 21:56

In one of the Durham Colliery villages where I used to work, many of the streets were called after early Labour polititians, and a whole housing estate was called after Ellen Wilkinson.


KenSE Report 25 Jan 2013 19:16

We've got Little Nell, Estella Mead, Madeline Place, Rose Glen, May Walk and Holly Way.


Island Report 25 Jan 2013 19:12

I suspect your 'sorry, I jumped the gun before checking, Island' must have been set to invisible font.


JustJohn Report 25 Jan 2013 18:57

Lady Nicholls was not Dorothy, Island. But you have reminded me of what mum called her. It was Elsie.

I have seen marriage on Free BMD and she was Dorothy E Edwards :-D Lovely lady, but not posh at all. She was quite proud to be Elsie from Pleck :-D


Island Report 25 Jan 2013 18:33

Sue Nicholls mother was Dorothy Edwards.

Anyone remember British Olympic athlete - gold medallist - Lilian Board?
A street in Greenford N London is named after her - Lilian Board Way. Sadly, Lilan died at just 22 years old.

Nearby there is Mary Peters Drive - another British Olympic athlete.


Paula+ Report 25 Jan 2013 18:11

@ John There is no danger of that, I am a true English Rose and proud of it. By the way Lord Harmar-Nicholls was Baron Harmar-Nicholls Baronet of Darlaston. Not a lot of people know that ;-)


JustJohn Report 25 Jan 2013 14:20

Please don't turn this into a Welsh thread, Paula and Pat. Walsall is a long way away (apart from similarity in spelling)

The mother of Audrey in Corrie was Lady Harmer Nicholls. My late mum was friends with her (both patrons of South Staffs Amateur Operatic Society).

Can't remember name of Lady Nicholls. Peggy rings a bell. But she was from Pleck. :-D Wonder if there is a Peggy St there?


PatinCyprus Report 25 Jan 2013 14:06

Found out that, on my maternal side, my grandfather's cousin was a division 1 footballer in the early 1900s. That appears to be the only claim to fame so far. :-)

Love the researching. Doing my tree I have found several distant cousins doing the same.

It's been 19 C today but the first 2 weeks of this year it's been colder than usual. 1 night only 2 C with next day only reaching 5 C. We had a flurry of snow down here. Usually have snow up the mountain but near the coast it's an event. ;-)

I know how cold it's been, daughter's a civil engineer and she's out in all weathers. Has to go near Norwich from Notts this weekend to do 2 surveys, she watching the weather like a hawk. Get all the reports. A picture of her at work is being used by a firm she did some work for. It was last October/November I think, in the rain marking out Humberside Airport's boundary. She's in hard hat, boots, waterproof trousers, high viz jacket. She's 5 ft 3 ins and about 8 st. She's stood on a box looking through a theodolite, bless her and she loves it all.

The break here in May will help you into the British (maybe) summer Paula. We used to holiday here in December/January every year to break up the British winter. :-)


Paula+ Report 25 Jan 2013 13:39

Pat, The temperature was just perfect for us. We went to Spain in July with the family with our little ones, it was too hot for me, the only time it was really comfortable during the day was when I was in the pool. However I could do with some of that at the moment.
I recently discovered my g.g.g. Grandfather on my maternal side was born in Montgomery, no one (alive) knew of this and no-one had bothered to do any research., but Grannies family name was Owen. I think it is fascinating what one can find when searching


PatinCyprus Report 25 Jan 2013 13:23

Late April to May similar temps to English summer, 2 months later in the high 30s C. April and May are good for sightseeing as it's so much cooler.

Paula and Ann have you seen Kolossi Castle, Kourion ancient site with it's amphitheatre and the wine museum I'm close to them.


AnnCardiff Report 25 Jan 2013 13:18

I have mostly been in April - beautiful time - all the mimosa out and temperatures really good


PatinCyprus Report 25 Jan 2013 13:14

Coral Bay lost all it's sand last winter in the bad weather, it all went into the sea. They spent last summer dredging it up again and replacing it just in time for this winter!

I'm just outside Limassol, away from the tourist areas and tourist prices.

Walsall is much cleaner now, that's the main difference. Mum could only wash the net curtains a few times before they started to fall apart with the acidic air. Remember the black buildings.

I lived near the Manor Hospital and my senior school was in the Pleck. I had to walk down Pleck Rd past all the foundries every school day. In winter the foundries next to the canal helped form smog. Healthy place for the hospital - not.
Some of Walsall has improved greatly, other parts - well enough said.

Now I remember why I left.

Walsall or Cyprus, Cyprus or Walsall having difficulty making a descision.;-)

Glad you like out here Paula and in May it's beautiful.

John my father's family name Lloyd, based in Dudley in 1800s, gt gt gt grandfather born in Dudley 1788 haven't got any further back. Family oral history, they were Welsh miners from the Rhondda Valley came to the Midlands for work. Sorry everyone fed up with the Welsh but can't deny my father's family can I? :-)


AnnCardiff Report 25 Jan 2013 12:54

Been to Cyprus six times - five times Ayia Nap - love the place, and once Limassol


Paula+ Report 25 Jan 2013 12:42

Walsall in November is not at it's best, but I should imagine you have seen many changes over the years. I have been to Cyprus a few times always to Paphos, I love Coral Bay. We were in in Protaras June last year in and will be going back May this year,. Guess you could say we like it. :-D :-D


JustJohn Report 25 Jan 2013 12:32

Remember Sister Dora's fame in Walsall well. Also Jerome K Jerome was born half way up a wall in Walsall.

In Thurcroft near Rotherham, there are 3 wide streets of terraces - John, Charles and Peter St. Names of builder's sons, I believe.

And probably the same in Aberdare. On hill up towards Maerdy, there are Mary, Catherine and Rachel St. :-)


PatinCyprus Report 25 Jan 2013 12:28

Hi Paula,

Hope you're well and keeping warm.

Left Walsall when I was 18 but mum and dad lived all their lives there and my sister is still there.

Last there 3 years ago for 1 day, didn't see much of it as it was November!!!!!!! In UK for daughter's graduation and only for 3 days. :-)


Susan10146857 Report 25 Jan 2013 12:26

It may be possible that Besant road is named after the author Sir Walter Besant. I am reading one of his excellent books at the moment. The History of London.

We have Elizabeth and Victoria. I can't think of any others. a very male chauvinistic area :-)


Paula+ Report 25 Jan 2013 12:17

Hello Pat. Thank you for your respone, I agree with all you have said. I had forgotten you were a "local" girl :-D :-D


PatinCyprus Report 25 Jan 2013 12:02

Charlotte Street Walsall is named after Princess Charlotte of Wales only child of George IV, died giving birth to stillborn child. Nation went into mourning, due to her death we had Victoria as Queen.

Sister Dora died in 1878 Paula.

Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison was one of the few to buck the trend. In Walsall she is revered but nationally - who else knows of her. There was a hospital named after her, which has now closed, so now the Manor Hospital's has a new section called the Dorothy Pattison Hospital.There was a TV series staring Dorothy Tutin about Sister Dors'a life in the late 1970s.

Elizabeth Fry another prominent woman comes to mind but she at least she's managed to be on the five pound note.

Many streets have only surnames so it's possible some were named after women. :-)

It's the dominance of men, both national and local history adjusted to their views.

edit :- the dominance of men in previous eras (now a little better)



AnnCardiff Report 25 Jan 2013 11:58

well the survey is wrong in respect of Cardiff - the one's already posted are the ones I recalled - just looked in Kelly's