History Articles - Street Names

For six years I wrote a short history article in the monthly parish magazine, The Pelican.  One of the articles is shown in the column opposite.

Articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate title from the index below.

If anyone has any old photographs or parish information which they would like recorded (for present and future generations to share) then please get in touch with me.

    John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
           Telephone: 01670 760609
      Email: jdavison26@btinternet.com

63   Dec 2011 We'll Weather the Weather
62   Nov 2011 Alan's Ackl'n Appearances
61   Oct 2011 Ackl'n Marriages 1913-14
60   Sep 2011 Old Photographs Required
59   Jul 2011 A Tower With A Tale To Tell
58   Jun 2011 A Well Kept Secret
57   May 2011 Fishy Business
56   Apr 2011 Acklington Warrior Stone
55   Mar 2011 The Church of St John
54   Feb 2011 Deep and Chrisp
53   Dec 2010 For Whom The Bell Tolls
52   Nov 2010 Which Village?
51   Oct 2010 A Pilot's Memories
50   Sep 2010 Acklington Black Poplar
49   Jul 2010 Street Names
48   Jun 2010 RAF Memorial
47   May 2010 Crowning Glory
46   Apr 2010 Badminton Club
45   Mar 2010 Murder On The Train
44   Feb 2010 Guyzance Tragedy
43   Dec 2009 Acklington Park
42   Nov 2009 Dye House (Part 2)
41   Sep 2009 Dye House (Part 1)
40   Jul 2009 History Making Heads
39   Jun 2009 Acklington Main Street
38   May 2009 James Raymond Smith
37   Apr 2009 The Age of Steam Trains
36   Mar 2009 Fred Wilson
35   Feb 2009 Guyzance School
34   Dec 2008 Acklington W.I.
33   Nov 2008 Lych Gate
32   Oct 2008 Village Hall Disaster
31   Sep 2008 Summer Crowds
30   Jul 2008 Spot The Differences
29   Jun 2008 Sunday School
28   May 2008 National Finalist
27   Apr 2008 What's in A Name
26   Mar 2008 Railway Inn
25   Feb 2008 Osprey
24   Dec 2007 The Guyzance 10
23   Nov 2007 Bowls Club
22   Oct 2007 Village Harvest
21   Sep 2007 Wedding Bliss
20   Jun 2007 The Other Acklington Artist
19   May 2007 The La'Well Tree
18   Apr 2007 The German Spy
17   Mar 2007 The Winter of 47
16   Feb 2007 Les Birkett's Memories
15   Jan 2007 Railway Station
14   Dec 2006 Jane Chapman
13   Nov 2006 Witches
12   Oct 2006 Jack Taylor
11   Sep 2006 Black Ralph
10   Aug 2006 School Photographs
09   Jul 2006 Pig Killings
08   Jun 2006 Village Hall Disaster
07   May 2006 Cricketers
06   Apr 2006 On Yer Bike
05   Apr 2006 Cricket
04   Mar 2006 Mailbag Robbery
03   Feb 2006 Storm of 1886
02   Jan 2006 Football
01   Dec 2005 Help Required


Street Names

Being a small village, there are not many streets in Acklington, so I find it really interesting that so many visitors, tradesmen and delivery vans frequently get lost in our small community. Maybe the layout of the streets is somewhat confusing, or perhaps the signs arenít very clear, but I am amazed how often I am stopped when gardening and asked for directions.

The actual names of the streets I also find interesting. I am always intrigued as to how places got their names and who christened them.

Most of Acklingtonís street names seem fairly straightforward and uncomplicated. The houses at DAIRY COURT were built on the site of an old dairy, QUARRY AVENUE is near to where there once was a quarry, TOWNSEND COURT is named after the RAF pilot Peter Townsend who, when stationed at Acklington, famously led the group of spitfires which shot down the first enemy aircraft to crash on English soil in 1940. CHURCHILL WAY is obviously named after our great wartime leader and FIELD HOUSE CLOSE was built on land which once was part of Field House Farm. ACKLINGTON DRIVE seems pretty obvious (if a little unimaginative) but on the other hand ST OMER ROAD is a real puzzler. St Omer was a seventh century Burgundy born saint and I am still struggling to find a link to Acklington Village. Maybe someone will enlighten me.

Going back to ACKLINGTON DRIVE for a moment. It may not have been the most inspiring choice for a street name and yet our village cannot boast exclusive ownership of this address. There is also an Acklington Drive in North London and even one in the Dallas area of Texas. Now that really is a mystery. Why would anyone choose the name Acklington for a drive in the middle of the USA? The names of the neighbouring drives in the area include Buffalo Bill Drive, Doc Holliday Drive, Wyatt Earp Drive and Butch Cassidy Drive. Now those names I can understand in mid west AmericaÖ. but it makes me even more curious as to why the name Acklington was used. Could the property developer (or whoever was given the honour of naming the street) have a connection with our own Acklington Drive? Maybe he once was a pilot stationed at RAF Acklington and lived in Acklington Drive? Iíve tried to find out the answers to these questions but without success. Perhaps one day all will be revealed.

Finally here is a teaser for you. Look at the three lovely Acklington Drive properties pictured below and ask yourself if you had to select one as your home, which one would you select?


There will be no prizes for guessing my answer!

John Davison
01670 760609