Street Names in Broomhall Old and New: L ~ S

From Peter Harvey's Book

Street Sign for Milton Street. 2015
Photo: Our Broomhall
Street Sign for Park Lane. 2015
Photo: Mark Sheridan
Street Sign for Peel Terrace. 2015
Photo: Mark Sheridan
Street Sign for Ruth Square. 2015
Photo: Our Broomhall
Street Sign for Summerfield Street. 2015
Photo: Our Broomhall

Lawson Street

Lawson Street was built on church land and named after the Lawson family, Marmaduke and Andrew, of Boroughbridge, who owned the advowson of Sheffield parish church from the 1820s to the 1870s.

Milton Lane & Street

From the title Viscount Milton held by the Fitzwilliam family, who were lords of the manor of Ecclesall. The title was usually held by the Earl’s eldest son.

Monmouth St

Possibly after the Duke of Monmouth. He led a revolt against James II (whose Catholicism had aroused considerable fear in England) and after his defeat and capture, was executed at Tower Hill in 1685.

Oxford Street

This street was built in the 1840s on land belonging to George Addey, one of a group of streets the names of which seem to have been copied from famous London street names.

Park Crescent & Lane

From the old Broomhall Park, the land surrounding Broom Hall. In the 1830s the nearest houses to the hall were those on Park Lane, set in open countryside.

Peel Terrace

After Sir Robert Peel ( 1788- 1850), Lancashire- born statesman, who, as Home Secretary, set up the police force and was later Prime Minister three times, in 1834, 1839 and 1841.

Pomana Street area

From the Pomona Inn which was once the centre of a pleasure ground known as the Pomana Gardens. An 1852 advertisement described them as ‘the largest public gardens in Sheffield’ with ‘a splendid collection of evergreen and flowering shrubs, musical meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, tea and dinner parties, and a choice stock of wines, spirits and bitter beer’. The gardens, and the inn, took their name from Pomona, Italian goddess of fruit and gardens.

Ruth Square

Ruth Square was built in 1906-7 and almost certainly named after a lady called Ruth but I don’t know who she was.

Summerfield Street area

It was built in 1884 for Bernard Wake and was originally called Dale Street. It was renamed in 1887, probably from an old field name.

Sunny Bank

From the name of the field over which it was built. Fields in a sunny position were naturally prized.

Book by Peter Harvey, ‘Street Names of Sheffield: The Stories Behind Sheffield’s Street Names,’ Sheaf Publishing Sheffield, 2001.

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This page was added by Gemma Clarke on 10/08/2015.

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