Right up my street
The local history group has decided to gather and publish the history behind all the Thorpe Hamlet road names.
If you know anything about the history or story behind your (or a neighbours) road name please write in and let us know. We will publish your stories and anecdotes here .
If you are interested in any aspect of the
recent or distant history of the Hamlet you are welcome to join the local history group.
If you would like to know more or have a street name story to send
e-mail us at
Do you know where your road
name came from?
The most popular theme chosen
by the council in this area are the names of campaigns and battles many
of them involving the Royal Norfolk Regiment who had their
barracks on Mousehold.
If you know the story of your own road please send it to us at the address below.
For example Towards the end of the century, the ‘Sisters Roads’ were built on land acquired by Mr Bugg Coaks from the Harvey estate and named after his daughters, Ethel, Ella, Marion, Florence, Beatrice and Primrose.
There are some much more recently famous people celebrated by our street names. Perhaps you live in or know about one.
The names include generals and admirals, events and places as well as campaigns and battles.
Some are obvious some less so. For example Morse road is not named after the inventor of the Morse code but George Morse the first man to be Mayor and then Lord Mayor of Norwich. He was a Brewer by trade, a director of Stuart & Pattersons and in his spare time a mountaineer of some repute.
In the book 'Memories of Thorpe Hamlet' you can read about the scandal that surrounded Mr Bugg Coaks and his clients.
Your messages and comments about
Hamlet road names...
I used to live in Honey Close which is off Knox
Road at the entrance to the prison. It was named after Charles Honey who
was a governor of the prison in the early 1950s. I believe he had
a son who was governor of Wormwood Scrubs
Can anyone give me an origin for the
Name of Cintra road please?
Peter Wright was asking about the origin of the
name "Cintra Road". The following might help...
Footnote to the enquiry and response to the
naming of this Norwich road.
This page was last updated March, 2012