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Re: Old Bill
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1661  Saturday, 2 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Moray McConnachie <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Sep 1999 15:28:54 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1660 Re: Old Bi

[2]     From:   Emma French <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Sep 1999 10:57:09 PDT
        Subj:   Re: Old Bill


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From:           Moray McConnachie <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Sep 1999 15:28:54 +0100
Subject: 10.1660 Re: Old Bill
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1660 Re: Old Bill

>For what it's worth, there is an area in Leeds (UK) which has a set of
>streets called 'The Shakespeares' - it's very much a feature of the
>Victorian part of the city that the planners exhausted all the
>variations on 'Royal Park Street, Avenue, Crescent, Row etc. etc.' -and
>the habit continues - the Shakespeare's are part of a 60s (I think)
>housing development.  Nothing can be read into the choice of name....

There's a small neighbourhood in South-East London (between Herne Hill
and Brixton) known as Poet's corner, which, from memory, has four
parallel short streets: Chaucer Road, Spenser Road, Shakespeare Road and
Milton Road. Not bad for suburbania Victoriana.

Moray McConnachie

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From:           Emma French <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Sep 1999 10:57:09 PDT
Subject:        Re: Old Bill

There is also a Shakespeare Road on the outskirts of Brixton, South
London, in an area called Poets' Corner, where other famous poets' names
are also represented. This area's house prices have recently
sky-rocketed, to a far greater degree than the surrounding environs.
Perhaps "Shakespeare" as a commodity is even desirable in the realms of
retail property? Maybe it is interesting that, as in Chicago and Leeds,
the name may have been selected in an attempt at "gentrification" of
what was (then at least) an area of low cost housing.

Emma French
 

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