HOW THE STREETS OF STRATFORD GOT THEIR NAMES

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Wait…wrong Stratford! Ever wondered how the streets in the Stratford postcode region of E20 and the surrounding areas got their names? Here’s what we’ve found out! 

Endeavour Square: Stratford postcode E20 1JN

It’s more than an attempt, it’s more than trying - to endeavour means to pursue a goal with tremendous effort and a deep passion for success. The history of Stratford has taught us that the area has always endeavoured throughout the times - and has always succeeded. From a time of weavers and brewers to winning Olympians, Endeavour Square is quite a fitting name, if you ask us! 

Glasshouse Gardens: Stratford postcode E20 1HR

Lantana Heights and Cassia Point are two stunning residential towers that are part of the flourishing Glasshouse Gardens. The towers are named after the rare and exotic botanical species that Dr John Fothergill (a brilliant physician and plant collector) brought back from across the world and grew in his glasshouses. 

Franklin Park

A neighbour of Glasshouse Gardens, Franklin Park is a public greenspace for the inhabitants of the area to enjoy. The park is named after a close friend of John Fothergill, Benjamin Franklin. One of the Founding Fathers of America, Benjamin Franklin worked with Dr Fothergill in Stratford, and visited the area on many occasions. 

Layard Street: Stratford postcode E20 1HT

Born in a Stratford postcode in 1853, Nina Frances Layard was an antiquary, meaning she had a passion for studying ancient artefacts, manuscripts, and historic sites. Ms Layard was far more than an archaeologist, though she did pioneer new methods in her field. She was also one of the first women to become part of any professional body in England, and the very first to join the Society of Antiquaries. Oh, and she was also a botanist and a poet.

Redman Place: Stratford postcode E15 2DU

Awarded medals for service in WW1, Frederick John Redman was also bestowed the George Medal for his role in saving the vital railway works of Stratford during bombings in WW2. Redman was a war hero and a key player at Stratford Railway Works. 

The Spark: Stratford postcode E20 1HT

Combining the energy, lightning, positivity, and fun of its neighbouring streets – the space is a place for activity and dynamic thought!

Turing Street: Stratford postcode E20 1JN

This should be an easy one for the historians out there. Though not from a Stratford postcode, Alan Turing was born in London and played a pivotal part in our country’s history and of our future. Dubbed “the father” of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing is said to be the reason WW2 ended two years sooner than it would have. His brilliant mind cracked the infamous “enigma code”, allowing Allied forces to defeat the Nazis and end the war. Sadly, Mr Turing died before his accomplishments could be celebrated publicly, but he has since been awarded many accolades since his death in 1954. 

Stratford’s street names – it’s not a coincidence 

The streets of Stratford reflect the rich history that East London has to offer by paying homage to the innovators, the pioneers, and the game changers. At the same time, though, we like to think they reflect a hopeful and optimistic future – what future innovators, pioneers, and game changers will be walking Stratford’s postcodes in the years to come?