A local resident snapped this photo (left) in Chadderton before council workers came back to correct their
A spokesman for Oldham Council told us, 'a genuine error was made by
Chadderton is about 7 miles north of Manchester, England.
The naming of new streets is the responsibility of the parish council of
the area in which the street occurs. However it is usual for developers to
put forward their preferred names, which, if fitting, are agreed by the
One of the most unusual tales concerning the source of street names must
be that of the small estate of detached houses that were built in a Georgian
style on the site of the former gravel workings off The Drive in
Summersdale. Apparently the authority had received no reply to their letters
asking for suggestions of names so, when the day of the committee meeting to
consider these matters arrived, a council officer rang the site to request
Allegedly it was a hot day and Mr Dunstan, the site foreman who took the
call, had more pressing matters to deal with, he looked out of his site
office window where Messrs Harberton's lorry was delivering cast iron
drainage goods from the well known firm of Stanton and Staveley Ltd. He
quickly reeled off four names, Harberton Crescent, Staveley Gardens, Stanton
Drive and Dunstan Close.
The names were taken down and that evening adopted by the Committee, it
was some time before their significance was realised but by that time
Chichester had possibly the only streets in the United Kingdom named after a
load of manhole covers.
[Kindly sent in by Ken Green]
I thought we British were good at intelligence! Perhaps this is all a fiendish plot designed in the secret bunker to confuse the enemy?
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Whitebeam 'No Parking' Tree
A newly discovered species of tree has been named 'No Parking'. What
happened was the National Museum of Wales set about finding new species, or
sub-species of trees. They discovered a new whitebeam and named it 'Sorbus
The team did not confine their search to Wales and they found this new
tree growing in a layby at Watersmeet in North Devon, UK. As this was
a layby, a local official had once nailed a 'No Parking' sign to the trunk
of this particular tree.
When they listed the no parking whitebeam in Watsonia, the official
journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, they chickened out
and called it Sorbus admonitor (Admonish tell-off).
Two anniversaries coincided with this search for new species in March
2009, the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of
the publication of his seminal work 'Origin of the Species' in 1859.
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