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Offline KenM

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Street names
« on: 14 April, 2018, 01:49:51 PM »
Hi All, I have always wondered how Coolfin Rd got its unusual name.
Have any Custom Hse wizards got any thoughts or answers?

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« Reply #1 on: 15 April, 2018, 01:05:43 PM »
Ken, sorry can't help you, but I also have a strange question , my Mum was born in Martindale rd just along from Coolfin and it seems that most of my Uncles and Aunts Were , well after WWII nothing remained and with the Keirhardy estate rebuilt the Martindale rd was renamed Clemence ave , well a few years ago the name was changed to guess Martindale Ave   .

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« Reply #2 on: 15 April, 2018, 02:51:04 PM »
Hi Ed, another change of name comes to mind, that of Connaught Approach to Randolph Approach.
Now that Randolph Rd has been commited to history, will Connaught Approach be reborn?
KenM.

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« Reply #3 on: 16 April, 2018, 09:55:47 PM »
Ken, I have tried researching the origins of the name Coolfin, but there is very little about it. There are a couple of locations with than name in Ireland and there is reference to it possibly being a derivative of the Lakes of Cold Flynn but not much else.

I did also look at the genealogy site I subscribe and which has extensive records, but that lists only one person as having that name. All of this tends to make the naming origins of the road something of a mystery. The only other possibility is that 'Coolfin' was a invented word.

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« Reply #4 on: 17 April, 2018, 11:03:55 AM »
Thank you Mick for your research into Coolfin.
Such an unusual name, I did believe there was a story to be told.
Cheers
Ken

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« Reply #5 on: Today at 07:57:12 PM »
Have just bought a postcard of Montpelier Gardens c1908 when I believe newly built.What a neat and tidy place it was then. No parked cars of course and no do it yourselfers to alter the porches and thus spoil the effect of the terrace. The London plane trees which line the street were newly planted saplings still with their  stakes. After being bombed out in Geoffrey I lived in Montpelier Gdns from 1941 -1958 .I often wondered why the French name, and whether the plane trees were meant to give the place some French ambiance. Whatever, every fall the leaves came in handy each November for stuffing  our guys. Everybody pronounced the word as though it were  English-MONT PEELIA. I never once in all those years heard anybody recite the name French fashion. I am surprised to see the Plane trees still there and pollarded annually which must be labour intensive and costly. Just as well though as when the water table was high the coal cellars flooded. How much worse would it have been had not those trees lifted a lot of moisture from the soil, which after all was reclaimed drained marshland. On the postcard in the dim distance I can make out  buildings in Geoffrey Gardens which must have predated the terrace where the bombs dropped  which looked interwar to me so would not have been there  in 1908. Anybody know what those buildings were? Sincerely Dave Twitchett