A short list of names has been drawn up, from the nominations received by Crewkerne Town Council, for the suggested names of new roads on the Key Site. Deputy Clerk, Laura Gowers said: “A small working group of the Town Council met to consider potential road names for the Key Site in Crewkerne. All the names had been put forward by members of the public and are key historical or memorable characters of note from the town. Following the strict guidelines around naming roads, a short list of 17 names has been drawn up. The list of names will be taken to the Full Council meeting of Crewkerne Town Council on Monday July 26th for approval, prior to submission to SSDC and Taylor Wimpey, who will have the final say.”

The names to be considered are as follows: Swan Neck -after the first wife and consort of Harold Godwinson, killed in Battle of Hastings 1066, Meecham – owners of grocery shop and inspiration for Ronnie Barkers’ Open All Hours, family owned garage the scene of a horrific plane crash. Fortibus – Lady of Crewkerne Manor 1272 – 1282. Monceaux – offered the Manor of Crewkerne by Isabella de Fortibus. Burbage – unsung heroine post World War Two, led the campaign Action to Retain Crewkerne Hospital. Patch – prominent architect, builder and developer in Crewkerne. Sutton – Barbara was first female ambulance driver for Red Cross, father Walter started the Red Cross men’s division in Crewkerne.

Reader – Ralph was founder of the local Gang Shows, worked with many famous people in West End theatres. Thomas – family farmed the majority of land, now part of Key Site. Davis – Mary was one of the founders of alms houses in Crewkerne. Loveday – matron at Crewkerne Hospital. Cornelius – Jack had toy shop in town, active on town council, helped launch twinning with Igny. Galpin – enterprising merchant in Crewkerne, traded as chemist and druggist, grocer and tea dealer, wine and spirit merchant, agent for Clerical Medical and General Insurance and was a churchwarden. Pinney – builders in Crewkerne, Norman was captain of the Crewkerne Boys Brigade.

Hussey – last meaningful Lord of Crewkerne Ecclesiastical Manor, financial help with Victorian refurbishment of St Bartholomew’s Church. Symes – one of Nelson’s naval commanders, lived on corner of West and Market Streets. Sparks – name of one of the houses within Grammar School, family member survived Japanese prisoner of war camp. A more extensive history of each name and reasons behind their nominations, can be read at… Anyone who wishes to comment on the list of nominations, before next Monday’s town council meeting is asked to please email,

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