Please note that none of the information here can be guaranteed to be correct or complete. It is a work in progress and it would be very helpful if anyone can correct mistakes or add to the facts given. Some names could fit in more than one category. These have generally been put in both categories in italics. As regards some local information about Wickford in the past, particular thanks go to Maurice Wakeham and his book ‘Aspects of Wickford History’. David De’Ath has supplied information about quite a few streets as well. Some comments which are just suggestions have been indicated with a question mark (?)
Roads apparently named after Essex Villages or Towns
Here is just the location, but do you have a ‘gem’ of information about any of these places which you think should be included? Are any of them special places for you?
Bannister Green – Bannister Green is a village in north Essex near Braintree
Beazley End – This is a village to the north of Braintree
Blake Hall Drive – Blake Hall is a country house and gardens near Ongar in west Essex
Boreham Close – Boreham is a village/suburb just north-east of Chelmsford
Broxted Drive/End – Broxted is a village in north Essex, just north-east of Stansted airport
Bulphan Close – Bulphan is a village south of Brentwood and north of Grays
Canewdon Close/Gardens – Canewdon is a village north east of Rochford on the south side of the River Crouch
Downham Road – Downham is a village just to the north of Wickford. Apparently this road originally linked up with Castledon Rd, and, in 1925 was called Chalk Lane at the bottom end and Spring Lane at the top end.
Fambridge Drive – North and South Fambridge are to the east of South Woodham Ferrers on the River Crouch.
Finchingfield Way – Finchingfield is north west of Braintree
Fyfield Avenue – Fyfield is a village in the Epping Forest district
Goodmayes Walk – Goodmayes is a district close to Ilford, now in the London Borough of Redbridge
Great Saling – this is a village near the town of Braintree.
Halstead Close – Halstead is a town north-east of Braintree.
Hedingham Drive – Castle Hedingham and Sible Hedingham are villages in north Essex, fairly close to the border with Suffolk.
Heybridge Drive – Heybridge is just across the river to the north of Maldon
Horkesley Way – Great Horkesley is about 3 miles north of Colchester
Hornchurch Close – Hornchurch is a town next to Romford, now in the London Borough of Havering.
Ingrave Close – Ingrave is a village just south of Brentwood.
Langenhoe – This is a village to the south of Colchester
North Weald Close – North Weald is a village on the edge of Harlow.
Pebmarsh Drive – Pebmarsh is a village in north Essex, fairly close to the border with Suffolk.
Pleshey Close – Pleshey is a village to the north-west of Chelmsford.
Radwinter Avenue – Radwinter is a village in north-west Essex, just east of Saffron Walden
Rettendon Gardens – Rettendon is village just beyond Runwell
Rivenhall – This is a village near Witham, to the north-east of Chelmsford.
Rochford Close – Rochford is a town on the western edge of Southend, near the airport.
Roding Way – There are a number of villages which include the name ‘Roding’ just off the road from Chelmsford to Bishops Stortford – They include White Roding, Leaden Roding and High Roding.
Runwell Gardens – Runwell is just on the north-eastern edge of Wickford
Salcott Crescent/Mews – Salcott cum Virley is close to the River Blackwater between Maldon and Mersea Island.
South Hanningfield Way – South Hanningfield is a village to the north of Wickford
Springfield Road – Springfield is on the north-eastern edge of Chelmsford
Stapleford End – there is a village called Stapleford Abbotts near Epping
Taverners Green Close – Taverners Green is a hamlet close to the Essex/Hertfordshire border near Bishops Stortford.
Tiptree Grove – Tiptree is a town between Maldon and Colchester, famed for its jam factory.
Tollesbury Close – Tollesbury is close to the River Blackwater between Maldon and Mersea Island.
Toppesfield Avenue – Toppesfield is a village in north Essex, close to the border with Suffolk.
Twinstead – This is a village in north Essex, close to the border with Suffolk.
Ulting Way – Ulting is a small village to the north-west of Maldon
Wakes Colne – This is a village in Essex to the north-west of Colchester. Colne is the name of a river.
Wethersfield Way – Wethersfield is a village to the north-west of Braintree.
Roads apparently named after places elsewhere in British Isles Here is basic geographical information – but do you have a ‘gem’ of information about any of these places which you think should be included? Are any of them special places for you? Or do you know why they were chosen as a name for a road in Wickford?
Ambleside – is in the Lake District in Cumbria
Alresford Green – Alresford is a small town near to Winchester, Hampshire
Arundel Road – Arundel is a town in West Sussex. Beccles Court – Beccles is a town in Suffolk
Buckingham Square – Buckingham is the former county town of Buckinghamshire.
Caledonia Lane. Caledonia is an old name for Scotland
Coltishall Close – Coltishall is a village near Wroxham in Norfolk Clovelly Gardens – Clovelly is a village in Devon
Deeside Walk – Deeside is an area on the English/Welsh border in Flintshire.
Dunbar Place – Dunbar is a town in East Lothian, on the south-east coast of Scotland.
Duxford – Duxford is just off M11 to near Cambridge – famous aircraft museum there
Enfield Road – The London Borough of Enfield is in north/north-east London
Erskine Place – Erskine is a town in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Glencoe Drive – Glencoe is in the north of Argyll, in the Highlands of Scotland.
Haslemere Road. Haslemere is a town in Surrey, close to the border with Hampshire and West Sussex.
Hendon Close. Hendon is a suburb in the London borough of Barnet, which used to be part of Middlesex.
Kendal Court – Kendal is a place in the Lake District in Cumbria
Mendip Close – The Mendips are limestone hills in Somerset.
Nayland Close – Nayland is a village in Suffolk, just over the border from Essex.
Orwell Court – The Orwell is a river in Suffolk.
Richmond Road – Richmond is a part London bordering the Thames, which is home to Kew Gardens. There is also a town called Richmond in Yorkshire.
Sandown Close/Road – Sandown is a town on the east coast of the Isle of Wight.
Spellbrook Close – Spellbrook is a small village on the extreme eastern edge of Hertfordshire near the border with Essex.
Speyside Walk. -Speyside is an area around the River Spey in north-eastern Scotland.
Stanmore Road – Stanmore is a district of north-west London in the London borough of Harrow,
Sutherland Place – Sutherland is a county in the Highlands of Scotland.
Tangmere Close – Tangmere is a village in the Chichester district of West Sussex.
Tayside Walk – Tayside was a local government region in eastern Scotland from 1973 to 1996.
Tidworth Avenue – Tidworth is a town in south-east Wiltshire
Trent Close – There are a number of places and rivers called Trent in different countries. The best known here is probably the River Trent, the 3rd largest in England, which flows through Stoke on Trent and Nottingham.
Uxbridge Close – Uxbridge is a town in west London, the administrative HQ of the London borough of Hillingdon.
Windsor Gardens – Windsor is a town in Berkshire, the home of Windsor Castle.
Roads apparently named after places around Bournemouth. These roads are all together on the west side of Wickford, off London Road on the north side. However, the road that leads to them, Sugden Avenue, does not seem to have any connection with the Bournemouth area. Can anyone say why? Or do you know why they were named after Bournemouth places?
Boscombe Avenue. Boscombe Pier is to the east of Bournemouth
Branksome Avenue. Branksome beach and chine is to the west of Bournemouth
Canford Avenue. Canford Cliffs are to the west of Bournemouth.
Christchurch Avenue. Christchurch is a town to the east of Bournemouth
Durley Avenue. Durley Chine is close to Bournemouth centre
Highcliffe Drive. There appears to be a road/area called Highcliffe in Bournemouth to the west of the main pier.
Parkstone Avenue. Parkstone is an area near Poole, to the west of Bournemouth
Southbourne Grove. Southbourne is on the eastern side of Bournemouth on the way to Christchurch.
Studland Avenue. Studland Bay is to the west of Bournemouth on the Isle of Purbeck.
Winton Avenue. Winton is a suburb slightly to the north of Bournemouth
Roads named after Islands. Here is basic geographical information – but do you have a ‘gem’ of information about any of these places which you think should be included? Are any of them special places for you?
Alderney Gardens – Alderney is the northernmost of the Channel Islands.
Anglesey Gardens – Anglesey is a large island just off the north coast of Wales.
Annett Close – This is a puzzle! It is on the area of the Wick where all the roads are names after islands. But the only 2 possibles seem to have different spellings. Annet island is the 2nd largest uninhabited island in the Isles of Scilly. Annette Island is on the coast of the US state of Alaska.
Arran Court – The Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, in Scotland.
Barra Glade – Barra is an island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
Brownsea Drive – Brownsea Island is in Poole Harbour in Dorset.
Canna Gardens – Canna is a small island in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland.
Cumbrae Mews – The Cumbraes are 2 islands in the lower Firth of Clyde in Scotland
Farne Drive – The Farne Islands are a group off the coast of Northumberland in England
Guernsey Gardens – one of the Channel Islands
Harris Close – Harris is the southern part of the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris.
Hayling Grove – Hayling Island is off the south coast of England, near Portsmouth.
Holme Walk – Holme Island is in South Lakeland in Cumbria.
Iona Way – Iona is an island in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Jersey Gardens – the largest of the Channel Islands.
Lindisfarne Court – Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, is a tidal island on the north-east coast of Northumberland.
Mersea Crescent – Mersea Island is near the mouth of the River Blackwater in north Essex. It is connected to the mainland by ‘The Strood’.
Orkney Gardens – The Orkneys are a group of islands in the Northern Isles of Scotland
Pladda Mews – Pladda is a small uninhabited island off the Isle of Arran, Scotland, in the Firth of Clyde.
Potton Drive – Potton island is just off the coast to the east of Southend.
Ramsey Chase – Ramsey Island is just off the coast of Pembrokeshire in south-west Wales
Rhum Mews – Rhum is an island in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland
Sark Grove – Sark is one of the smaller Channel Islands.
Staffa Close – Staffa is an island in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Tiree Chase – Tiree is an island in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Tresco Way – this is one of the Scilly Isles off Cornwall.
Westray Walk – Westray is an island in the Orkneys, Scotland.
Roads possibly named after places elsewhere in the world
Blenheim Court – Blenheim is a place in Germany, where there was a famous battle in 1704. The Duke of Marlborough was rewarded with the building of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Gibraltar Walk – Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory to the south of Spain.
Locarno Avenue – Locarno is a town in Switzerland on Lake Maggiore
Lucerne Drive/Walk – Lucerne is a city in Switzerland.
St Omer Close – St Omer is in France, in the Pas de Calais department.
Other Roads which do not obviously fit into any of the categories above. Can you help with any of these?
Albany Road Barbour Green Bawdsey Path Beedell Avenue Belchamps Road
Belmont Avenue/Close Berens Close Birs Close Borwick Lane Brock Hill/Brock Hill Drive– on some old maps Brockwell Hill/ Brockwell Walk. Possibly to do with the old country name ‘Brock’ for badgers?
Brooklands -? after the racetrack? Burne Avenue Carlton Road Carswell Gardens Cartlodge Avenue
Castledon Road – it’s been suggested that ‘don’ is the Lord of the manor and ‘castle’ his home??
Champion Close Charters Court Chatton Close Cheyne Court Chrisholm Court Coppens Green Defiant Way Delmar Gardens Doeshill Drive Downside Walk Durants Walk Enterprise Way Fairway Fanton Chase/Gardens/ Walk Foxhatch Groveland Road Heathercroft Road Highcliffe Road/Way/ Close Honiley Avenue Honington Close Hovefields Avenue/Drive Ilgars Road – related to an Ilgars House? Inworth Walk Irvon Hill Kenley Close Leaseway Lindon Road Logan Link Louvaine Avenue Lynfords Avenue/ Drive Manston Path (in Shotgate Park) Mercury Close Merlin Way ? a bird or a wizard? Moreland Road Mount Close Mount Road/View/Way
Ozonia Avenue/Close/Walk/Way Redgate Close – a local house? Rubicon Avenue Ruthven Close
Sewards End Sharlands Close Silver Way Smollett Place
Southwick Close Sudbrook Close The Briary The Chase The Hastings ?anything to do with the Battle?
Trinder Way –? something to do with Tommy Trinder the comedian?
Valentines Waverley Crescent Whist Avenue Whitelands Close Woodberry Road