Secrets behind the street names – Honiton historian launches new book

The secrets behind road names in Honiton have been revealed in a new book written by a town historian.

Author Terry Darrant has published The Honiton A to Z: A Street by Street History, giving an insight into how and why some of the town’s roads were given their names.

Terry came up with the idea of the book after solving the mystery of how Cuckoo Down Lane was named.

He said: “Being up for a challenge, I started looking into it and eventually after looking at some 18th century maps, I managed to solve the mystery.”

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Aerial view of the Willow Walk area under construction in the 1990s.
Photo: Richard Salisbury.

The book lifts the lid on why Eureka Terrace is so called, where Edward’s Passage was, the person behind Haydons Park and the original meaning of the name of Shipley Road.

It reveals which Honiton street was built on a field where a local company grazed their horses before the construction of their feed store and showroom on the site.

And it includes never-before published photographs and new information about Honiton’s past and people, all revealed through the origins of the town’s unique place names.

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The Honiton A to Z: A Street by Street History book cover

A spokesperson for the author said: “This book is a treasure trove of stories, little known facts and neglected pieces of local history, written by a researcher with an eye for detail and an insatiable curiosity.

“Terry provides the reader with a fascinating guide to the reasons behind the names of Honiton’s roads, lanes, streets, and courts.”

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Miller and Lilley yard, now Lilley Walk, opposite Honiton Station.
Photo reproduced by permission of the trustees of Allhallows Museum.

Over the years rules on how roads are identified have changed, with a ban on names of anyone living or dead – such as Banfield Way – which was named after Harry Banfield who ran the Dolphin Hotel until his retirement in 1921.

And many councils have now called a halt on streets named after species of trees.

  • The Honiton A to Z: A Street by Street History is available for £6.95, published on December 9. It can be found at Leesons, in New Street, and The Little Shop of Seasons, Dolphin Court, both in Honiton, and from bookshops in Sidmouth, Ottery St. Mary and Axminster.

The book will also be available from Amazon or eBay from December 8.

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