Observer: What’s in an (Uckfield) street name?

Our Saturday columnist considers the pros and cons of street naming in Uckfield, with the first bricks going down next year at Ridgewood.


You can’t keep the 1,000 homes development at Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield, out of the news.

In the last week we have learned how the developer is dealing with the invasive Japanese Knotweed and Taylor Wimpey’s request to the town council for suggestions as to the names of the roads.

You can understand councillors wishing to remind future generations of the heritage of this land by thinking of an agricultural theme, or remembering the people who worked the fields for generations.


There is certainly precedent for that in Uckfield.

On Manor Park, we find Nevill Road, linking to the Nevill family who lived at the now demolished Uckfield House, which was not far from where the estate’s parade of shops now stands.

Queen’s Approach, off Browns Lane, makes reference to the visits made by the Queen to see the Nevill family in Uckfield.


Others names on the estate are more prosaic and with others referencing the landscape or Sussex locations.

Nearby Hempstead Meadows draws on the name of a former farmer, the crops grown and usage long ago.

At the other end of town, Harlands is known to many as the ‘birdie’ estate because street names are drawn from ‘my big book of ornithology’.

In other locations, you will find other streets and roads that draw inspiration from previous land use or local people, such as part of Ridgewood where the pottery industry was once based.

The older parts of New Town have some echoes to the Boer War.


I’m never sure about naming after local people. Their names can be current and relevant today but what about in the next century?

Let’s hope we don’t get into the problem on Rocks Park where Steatfeild Road (referencing the Streatfeild family who lived at The Rocks) is now given as Streatfield Road because, I am told residents in the street were unhappy with the ‘correct’ spelling because no-one could ever get it right.

Not sure if that is true or not.

Do you know the history behind the name of your road? Let me know of any unusual ones.

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