Cranbrook street names revealed

Farming history immortalised.

Local residents have chosen names for streets in Cranbrook - and they all reflect the area, from family names to agriculture.

The process of agreeing names began in April 2011 at an initial meeting between EDDC and the parish councils of Rockbeare, Clyst Honiton, Broadclyst and Whimple, at which councillors studied some historic maps and records of original field enclosures.

The majority of the names are taken from the Tithe Apportionment maps created in the mid 1800s (held at the Devon Record Office) and from agricultural terms, both of which were ideas put forward by the parish councils.

The main route through the new community, Younghayes Road, is named after a farm which also gives its name to the whole of the Phase 1 area of Cranbrook, a decision which was unanimously agreed at the first meeting.

Burrough Fields, which will become the road to the railway station, was named after the late Mr Burrough, a farmer whose former land is in the area which will become much of the country park and the vicinity of the planned railway station.

District councillor Andrew Moulding said: “East Devon District Council has been working closely with the Joint Parish Councils to develop the street names for the first phase of Cranbrook, which will be known as ‘Younghayes’.

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“Local residents have really engaged in recalling information and researching the names. The fact that the list makes reference to features of the local landscape and to links in previous generations with connections to the land is a great foundation for a new community.

“Following an extensive process of checking with the Post Office for duplicate names in the area and gaining consent from the all the families involved, we are pleased to be able to reveal the final list for the new community.”