Where the streets have odd names

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WHAT’S in a name? Well, a great deal of history.

An online reader was interested in the note the other night on puzzling addresses that once existed, such as Chemist Cottage, reputedly at Marsden Colliery.

He says: “What a fascinating subject – as usual your column never fails to provide interesting and thought-provoking articles!”

But also, he’s always been curious about his old address in Shields, HS Edwards Street. “Any idea who he or she was?” he says. “There’s also Marshall Wallis Road, and Alice Street ... all interesting names, I’m sure you’ll agree?”

I think it’s fair to say that, in a lot of those old streets in the Rekendyke area of the town, what you have is a reminder of Victorian industry and prosperity.

HS Edwards, for instance, was Harry Smith Edwards, whose company, HS Edwards & Co, owned the old High Dock; while Marshall Wallis recalls the union of two prominent Shields families, the Marshalls, who were land owners at Westoe.

And the Wallis’s? Robert Wallis is generally credited with commencing shipbuilding in the town, in the early 18th century, at a yard below the Lawe.

But Alice? Well that one I’ll have to have a think about, In other words, I don’t at present know!