Street Names

Street names always intrigue people; their origins, connections and hidden stories tell a tale of times gone by, famous people or in some cases remain a mystery.

It was customary for a Corporation to write to the post office and suggest street names; these were then agreed. Here are the origins of some street names on the estate.

Pimlott Way – named after Mary Pimlott married to Samuel Crompton.

Crompton Way – named after the spinning mule inventor Samuel Crompton.

Tonge Head – named after Tonge Head farm located on the site years earlier.

The Stray – it has been suggested that there was a pinfold on the site, used for collecting stray animals, and you paid a small fee to have the animal released.

Tithe barn – another association with farming but we know there was a large barn at Hall i’th’Wood.

Green Way – we suggest that this was chosen to reflect the aspect of green fields and open land, better than the cramped streets closer to town, with mill chimneys spouting smoke. This would be somewhere you aspired to live.

Howsin Avenue – we have joked amongst the research team that the origins of this street reflect local dialect. If you went to pay your rent with a Bolton accent you would say “I’m going down ‘owsin.” So we are leaving that with you; for fun!

North Way, East Way and West Way – obvious as they reflect the compass. Interesting that there was never a South Way.

Since our research for the exhibition; local historian David Lloyd contacted us regarding his theories relating to some other streets on the estate…..

Ripley Street, Danesbury Road (not part of the council housing estate), Laycock Avenue, Colmore Street, Weybourne Avenue – are all potentially connected to houses used by the military during the First World War.

Ripley House – Harrogate.

Danesbury House – Welyn.

Laycock Estate – Wiltshire

Colmore House – Hampshire.

Weybourne House – Norfolk

Photo courtesy DWL local collection.