Name Thy Street

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What is in a name? For Stratford, it has been street names with a Shakespearian affiliation for the past 140 years.

The tradition began in 1878 when it was decreed that all streets of the town should be named after the works of William Shakespeare. There are now 66 streets in town named accordingly.

Council is currently in the planning stages of a new subdivision off Pembroke Road, which requires four new street names. The “Name Thy Street” competition is an opportunity for everyone who lives, works or goes to school in the Stratford District to put forward their name suggestions forward for each street. The Shakespearian street-naming theme has been followed since the town was first established, and Council is wanting to keep this tradition alive.

With her knowledge and interest in the works of Shakespeare, Councillor Gloria Webby is championing the “Name Thy Street” competition. “Here’s an opportunity to have a say in the naming of our streets, so put on your thinking caps and remember, as William Shakespeare famously said, there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”, says Councillor Webby.

“We are open to any entries that have a Shakespearian affiliation, but also have an additional tie to Stratford. The entry form includes space for entrants to explain why they have nominated the name, so it will be interesting to see if there are any names with dual ties entered.”

A few Stratford streets have dual backgrounds to their names. For example, Percy Avenue was named in 1928 after long standing Mayor, Percy Thomson, but the name Percy also appears in Shakespeare’s plays, King Henry IV and King Richard II.

Entries are now open, closing Wednesday 5 December. Entry forms are available at Stratford District Council offices, Stratford District Library, Stratford i-SITE and here.  Each street name entered needs to be on a seperate entry form, and can be returned to the Stratford District Library, Stratford i-SITE or Council offices. 

Or complete our online entry here.  Unsure what names have already been used? Check out the list of current street names here.