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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, E20, and surrounding areas got their names?  Wonder no more – we’ve done the work for you.

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. Once home to weavers and brewers through to winning Olympians, Endeavour Square is now home to the Financial Services Authority (FCA) London headquarters.

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

One of the Founding Fathers of America, Benjamin Franklin worked with Dr Fothergill in Stratford, and visited the area on many occasions. A key part of the public realm area at IQL, Franklin Park offers public open space including a multiuse area called The Spark which combines the energy, positivity, and fun of its neighbouring streets to create a place for activity and dynamic thought.

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. But Layard was far more than an archaeologist; she pioneered 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

Redman Place is now Cancer Research UK’s Stratford, London address. But how did it get its name? Frederick John Redman was a key player in at Stratford Railway Works. Awarded medals for service in WW1, he was also bestowed the George Medal for his role in saving the vital railway works of Stratford during bombings in WW2. 

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 could have. His brilliant mind cracked the infamous “Enigma code”.  He was also a talented runner and almost an Olympian, missing out on a spot on the 1948 Olympic team due to an injury. Something that we think makes him an apt inspiration for all of us at IQL. Turing is rumoured to have once spoken about the reasons behind his running, claiming it was his release from day to day work stresses. We like to think he’d have enjoyed the open green spaces and running trails at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!

Sadly, Turing died before his accomplishments could be celebrated publicly, but, since his death in 1954, he has been awarded many accolades.

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, they reflect a hopeful and optimistic future – what future innovators, pioneers, and game changers are already working from the innovation district of IQL?

Read more on how IQL and the education epicentre of the East Bank are already creating the next generation of innovators.