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Welsh house names

The Telegraph (print only) has an item about a Welsh nationalist / cultural pressure group that is up in arms about people renaming Welsh language house names, and wants the law changed to require planning permission to do so, with a spokersperson claiming "It is very important to speak out against this sort of cultural vandalism". I do not regard this as a fit area for legislation, but I do have a sneaking sympathy with this group, and I hope that their comments will give people pause before re-naming their houses. I feel much the same way about re-naming pubs, so maybe I'm just a sloppy sentimentalist.

I grew up in a 'name' house, it being named after an East Coast seaside town that my family had never visited, but they stuck with it. I suppose I tend to think that it is bad karma to rename a house, although I can understand why my then neighbours switched from 'Mordref' (what?) to 'Woodstock'....
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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 10:05 am

I too hate the renaming of pubs.When the saracens head becomes o'mickey plastic irish bar,my heart sinks.it's another part of our history gone.

hate seeing old buildings knocked down too.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:39 am

And I think our Irish friends find mock mick pubs deeply irritating, as they tend not to decorate pubs in Cork etc with old road signs and the like.

Still, a ghastly pub name acts as fair warning that it will be a ghastly pub too, so it isn't all bad...  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 12:18 pm

I was brought up in a house called Wensleydale and one day my dad packed us all in the car and drove us there to explore the area, it was well worth the trip. If only it had been called something more exotic like Monte Carlo or Santorini.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:42 pm

Ellee - Ah well, you can't win 'em all, can you? Santorini is rather fine, although I prefer Wensleydale to Feta cheese.  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 3:51 pm

Come on croydonian what was it called?
Clacton on sea?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:02 pm

PCF - having just checked, it turns out Hopton is nowhere near the coast, so I've got no idea why I ever thought it was.

Skegness would be a novel name for a house, but it does rather sound like a disease. (No insult to the fine people of Lincolnshire intended)  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 4:05 pm

If you ever get bored with tis iam sure you could get one of those oval log slices with "Dunbloggin" on it for chez croydonian.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:23 pm

PCF - ho ho, like it.

Mind you, stranger things have been known - think about all those houses called 'The Old Vicarage', 'The Old Post Office' etc, if updated we could have 'The Old DTP Shop', or 'The Old Accountancy Practice'. Or more realistically, 'The Old Starbucks', 'The Old Carphone Warehouse', and wait for it.....

'The Old MacDonalds'.  

Blogger beethoven writes said... 5:05 pm

There used to be a pub in Kensington called The Gaiety. Somewhat obviously, they then decided to change the name to Pall Mall. It's now a trendy wine bar. Give me The Gaiety any day.  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 6:33 pm

Nothing to do with house names,
However, in the village near to my school there used to be a builder who rejoiced in the name of
Harry Hardon, I kid you not.
north Cheshire I used to pass a house called "correction cottage"
That conjures up all sorts of pervy thoughts, well it did for me.  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 6:35 pm

why does this keep chopping my postings ?
"while running in north cheshire"  

Blogger Eddie said... 7:47 pm

Many years ago the family purchased a bungalow from an elderly gent, who was moving into residential care.

It was quite some time before my parents realised that the sign outside - "Dunnobin" - might need changing  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:27 pm

Dear lord, some people do choose some odd names, don't they?  

Blogger Andrew Kennedy said... 10:32 pm

I have nothing against house names providing there is antecedence.

What gets me going are the petit-bourgeois who think "naming" their 3 bedroomed semi in Wallington will improve their social standing.

A particular favourite are the "amalgamations" where a couple combine their names to create a name for their house: "Robertine Cottage". Argghh.

A few months ago, whilst tramping the streets of New Addington in search of votes, I actually called on a mid-terrace council property that had obviously been bought by the occupants. They had named it "Gables". Sadly, having met the occupants, I do not think there was any irony intended.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:51 pm

Where I grew up in God's County (for the uninitiated, that's Essex) there were a fair few crimes against taste on the architecture and house-naming front, with one stand out a fairly ordinary detached house which had pillars at the front and styled itself 'The White House'. Yes, really.

My father once put his foot in it by quipping that a friend's house called 'Mon Repos' would have been better dubbed 'Mud Repos'. Fortunately it was a safe vote....  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 12:31 am

Andrew Kennedy
What gets me going are the petit-bourgeois who think "naming" their 3 bedroomed semi in Wallington will improve their social standing
Who the fuck are you, the Duke of Kent?
Nah , he wouldn't say such a thing.  

Blogger Andrew Kennedy said... 1:19 am

I am sorry PCF, I appear to have hit a nerve.

Are your parents from Wallington ?  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 7:38 am

no but I live in a semi called-by previous owners I hasten to add-The Rose House.

What do I do?

Can't believe that the duke of kent reads this blog.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 7:39 am

they obviously had a sense of humour!!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:36 am

PCF - if you could err on the side of less combative language in future I'd appreciate it, please.  

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