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House names

If you happen to live in a Woodlands, a Fairview, Rose Cottage or the Nook, you are not alone. House naming is a hugely popular English custom. It may all have begun with the Halls and Manors of the gentry, but since our homes are proverbially our castles, many of the rest of us have been drawn to giving a name to the family pile, be it ever so humble. Trees, plants and flowers remain an abiding source of inspiration for names, as do former functions of the building (The Old Rectory, The Old Post Office, etc). Some have more than a ring of Hans Christian Andersen to them – who might live at Thimble Cottage or the Nutshell? Since an Act of Parliament of 1765, all addresses are required to have a number and street name, unless they have a very good excuse, like being one lone dwelling on the side of a Derbyshire hill for example. But being a number doesn’t mean you can’t have a name as well. The most popular name of all is the rather unassuming The Cottage. Hands up anyone who lives in Dunroamin.

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People naming their house. High Trees, Dunroamin, Rose Cottage, Windy Heights, Hills and Holes. The British love to name their house, either because of the outlook from the house, a characteristic of the house, its' history, its locality or any other reason rather than just have an impersonal number at the head of their address. It's quaint.

Alan Gatter


I liked the name COBWEBS
Vernon


One of the best names I've seen, being both plaintive and wistful, was simply "The Bank's"
K W Mulligan


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My nomination is the garden shed.

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