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Our London Connection

Images of England were important to early Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents. Not only were many of our early homes and apartment houses constructed of British-related styles, but our streets (as well as apartment houses) were given names borrowed from the English. And what was more English than magnificent London, even though few of our English-house styles were ever all that urban?

Concentration here will be in linking our street names with London places of historical imagery, not with London streets themselves (most of our street names surely exist somewhere in Greater London). Linkages are obviously tricky because a street could be named after, say, a London district or perhaps an American village of the same name. Correct associations may be based on the general pattern or specific neighborhood; thus out Hanover Drive, within a tract of German names, was assumably named after the Prussian province rather than London’s Hanover Square. Five of our streets have names of historic districts of the British capital: Chelsea Drive, Kensington Road, Nottinghill Lane, after Notting Hill; St. James Parkway, after St. James’s (sometimes spelled “James”); and Westminster Road. Our Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford, St. Albans and Windsor Roads certainly relate to the famous cities so near London. Berkshire, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, and Surrey Counties surround London and hence have inspired more names.

Cleveland Heights pays tribute to London’s parks and gardens with Grosvenor Road, after Grosvenor Square; Hampstead after Hampstead Heath; Hyde Park Avenue; and Kew Road, after London’s Kew Gardens. Or is the last named after Kew Gardens in Queens, New York? Were Berkeley Avenue and Road named after London’s Berkeley Square or the California city? Probably the latter, though we have both a Western U.S. and a London name for streets nearby.

Some of our streets are associated with important London architecture, such as the Burlington Arcade, Clarence Square, Cumberland Terrace, and Marlboro House, but these names could have other sources. Kensington, Kew, and St. James’s are London palaces, and Tudor Drive and Stuart and Windsor Roads have names directly related to British royalty. Kingston, Princeton, and Queenston Roads could relate to many nationalities, but we first associate them with the royals of England.

Nevertheless, many of our British-named streets carry names from areas away from London—as befits a suburb whose developers sought to draw those who wanted to leave Cleveland proper. Interestingly, a higher percentage of the streets of illustrious Shaker Heights were given specifically British names. Indeed, Shaker has an almost entirely different set!

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  • A City Of Few Streets
    Have you ever wondered how your street got its name? Perhaps Cleveland Heights' bright new street signs will heighten awareness of your street names.
  • Hollywood Boulevard?
    How many readers know of streets in Cleveland Heights that actually are called "Street?"
  • National Origins
    That most Cleveland Heights streets sport the name of English towns or London streets or are derived from words in the English language is well agreed, but we have many street names originating from other nationalities gracing our community.
  • Neighbor Names
    Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take their names from thoroughfares they are near.
  • North Suburb
    Some hear the word “north” and start to shiver. Some label “northern Cleveland Heights” what is north of Mayfield, which for many years was lucky to be closer to Euclid Beach amusement park.
  • On The Avenue
    Jan Cigliano's The Grand Avenue: 1850-1920, of 1994, describes the history of selective prestigious thoroughfares in large American cities, including Cleveland.
  • On The Boulevard
    Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
  • Our London Connection
    Images of England were important to early Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
  • Our Wood Streets
    Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
  • Quirky Street Spellings
    The quirky spellings of some of our street names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
  • Rocky Roads
    Cleveland Heights has several streets which honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road itself.
  • Royalty Among Us
    Cleveland Heights' 'royal streets'-Queenston, Kingston, Princeton and Canterbury Roads-were named with the English aristocratic imagery generally favored in the time of their development, about 1910.
  • Shorties
    Cleveland Heights has its turn-of-the-century 'country lanes,' but also has its very short streets-cut-throughs not found in the newer suburban areas of highways, winding drives and cul-de-sacs. Most of our short streets are by-ways connecting two to four streets.
  • Take A Drive
    What image does 'Drive' in a street name evoke to you?
  • Threes And Twos
    Our community is flush with streets grouped in trios and pairs.
  • The Name's (Almost) The Same
    Cleveland Heights, with most of its streets named within a 25-year period many years ago, has a number of street names so similar that they have confounded the public since first platted.
  • We're Flattered!
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Cleveland Heights must be appealing to residents elsewhere because some of our street names have been conscientiously copied in other communities.
  • What's In A Name?
    Sometimes the name of a street is influenced by that of a more major street nearby.

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