Kenilworth Street Names

Part two

Fancott Drive

Fancott Drive, 2015

Fancott Drive, 2015 Photograph by Sam Sexton

Southern Railway notice at 4 Fancott Drive, requesting you to keep your engine quiet and avoid smoke and steam!

Notice at 4 Fancott Drive
Photograph by Sam Sexton

This was first recorded in 1987 and was developed by the High Street bakers A.S. Fancott (established 1825) at the rear of the bakery, over an existing lane generally known as Fancott Drive.

Malthouse Lane

The Victorian-rebuilt Malthouse

The Victorian-rebuilt Malthouse
Photograph by Sam Sexton

This was an “intended road” at the Inclosure Award in 1756. It was Quarry Lane in Census returns until 1871, when it became Malthouse Lane. The Malthouse has been reconstructed as a large Victorian house, but the maltster’s cottage still exists as Castle Hill Cottage.

Woodcote Avenue

This is part of a development started in 1964 by H.G. and T.W.H Smith, as associate firm of Thomas Bates, so is most likely named after Woodcote Park golf course near Purley; Thomas Bates hailed from Surrey. Sunningdale Avenue is also named after a golf course.

High Street

High Street, Kenilworth, 2015. The sign is in sharp focus at the front, shops behind.

High Street, Kenilworth, 2015. Photograph by Sam Sexton

This was formerly Alta Strata, being on high ground above the Abbey, so doesn’t have the conventional meaning of the main shopping street of a town. Part of it was Church Street in 1692, but it was High Street in the 1830 directory. It widens towards the traffic lights, forming the typical funnel shape of a medieval town, in this case a market square for the Augmentation Borough.

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This is part of a short series of edited extracts from the third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street-Names by the authors named above and are reproduced with permission from Robin Leach.

Part three may be found here.

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