Historian’s tribute to local heroes in new road names

Historian’s tribute to local heroes in new road names

By Adele Forrest | 27/03/2020

Historian’s tribute to local heroes in new road names
Local historian Dug Wydell (left) who has come up with three street names for the new Highfield Farm development in West Melton. Also pictuired is site manager, David Connolly and sales executive, Karen Pearson. 200381-2


A HISTORIAN is helping to keep alive important figureheads from a village’s past by naming new streets in their honour.

Three streets on a new West Melton housing estate will be named in memory of men from the past, researched by building conservationist and preservationist, Dug Wydell.

The Highfield Farm estate off Melton High Street being built by Persimmon will soon feature Smiths Croft, Hayes Court and Moorhouse Fold.

Wath and West Melton historian Dug (69) first submitted the road name ideas in 2013 and said he was pleased his idea was finally coming to fruition.

Smiths Croft will be named in honour of William Smith, a weaver in West Melton in around 1750 on Melton High Street (formerly Melton Road).

Generations later, his last relations Jack and Tony ran Edward Smith and Sons, which was a ladies’ and gents’ outfitters. The shop closed in January 1978 after 225 years.

Hayes Court takes its name from Charles Hayes, the first vicar of nearby Brampton Bierlow Church which was built in 1855. He served for 22 years.

Moorhouse Fold is in memory of Rev William Moorhouse, the first full-time vicar at the Congregational Chapel, which was built in 1798/1799 on Melton High Street.

He served from 1804 to 1837 and is buried with his wife Frances behind the church, which is now called the United Reformed Church.

Dug, of Brampton Bierlow, said: “It means a lot to remember these local people it’s more of a tribute to their family names.

“If I know there’s going to be a development, I research local inhabitants, residents or vicars who have never had a mention before, then I submit the idea to the council’s planning department, and if they OK them, I approach the site manager.”

Dug has now named eight roads in the area and ensured four buildings on West Melton High Street have received listed status.

“Naming sites after birds, like in Manvers, or flowers is inappropriate I think a person’s name is more relevant,” he said.

“A lot of these birds, you wouldn’t even see in Manvers.”

Persimmon sales director Alistair Hart said naming the streets after local people was a “nice angle to work with”, adding: “It’s a historic area and the stuff that Dug sent through was very interesting.

“It’s something we have done before. It’s great to have a relationship with the local community we were more than happy to support what Dug put forward.”

The development which features 60 three and four-bedroomed houses starting at £195,000 is expected to be completed next summer.


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