Street names to reflect Cambridge's history

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Natural naming

The University has worked with local groups and partners to carefully consider the naming of Eddington and the surrounding area.

The naming of streets, neighbourhoods and buildings on both the North West and West Cambridge sites is based on principles of natural naming.

These aspects include:

  • Naming after physical features of the site, drawing closely on the characteristics of their location and the existing natural landscape.
  • Naming after people with a strong connection with the university.

Names at Eddington

The following names are already featured at Eddington:

  • Eddington Using this name for a road also reinforces the neighbourhood name. Sir Arthur Eddington was a Cambridge graduate, an astronomer, mathematician and physicist, whose observations confirmed some key predictions of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and led to its general acceptance. Eddington worked at the nearby Observatory and is buried in the Ascension Parish Burial Ground, adjacent to the North West Cambridge Site. “Ton” is also based on the Old English phrase ton (German root “tun”), which means enclosure, estate, or homestead, and is common in place names across the UK.
  • Brook Field Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site. The western area of Eddington is now called Brook Leys,
  • Burkitt Miles Burkitt was the first curator of the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, was the grandfather of Francis Burkitt, a South Cambs District Councillor and a Director of Rothschild’s bank. Burkitt Lane and Burkitt Walk are now two streets at Eddington.
  • Five Acres Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site. It is now the name of a road dividing the football pitches from the University of Cambridge Primary School.
  • Garrod Dorothy Garrod was the first woman to be made a University Professor in Archaeology. The road connecting Storey’s Field to Eddington Avenue, behind the cricket pitch, is called Garrod Street.
  • Gravel Hill a name with historical and geological connections to the area
  • Kendrew After John Kendrew, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for determining the structure of haemoproteins 1962. Kendrew Place, a road to the south-west of Eddington, is named after him.
  • Pheasant Way Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site. The road running past Swirles Court is now named Pheasant Drive.
  • Ridgeway The Ridgeway is a geo-historic line along the site which follows the trajectory of the main cycle and pedestrian route named after it, and marks the edge of the plateau within the site.
  • Ryle After Martin Ryle, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for the invention of aperture synthesis 1974. Ryle Yard, the first set of apartments to open at Eddington, are named for him.
  • Storey’s Field With local associations to Edward Storey, who left money for local widows and the founder of the nearby Edward Storey Foundation. The Storey’s Field Centre is also named after him.
  • Swirles Bertha Swirles was a British physicist who carried out research on quantum theory, particularly in its early days. She was associated with Girton College, as student and Fellow, for over 70 years. The post-graduate student accommodation at Eddington leased to Girton College is now called Swirles Court.
  • Turing Alan Turing was a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, pioneering computer scientist, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation” with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. One of the main roads through Eddington – Turing Way – is his namesake.
  • Wileman Margaret Wileman, founder President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, overseeing the early stages of its transition from a graduate teacher-training college for women to a co-educational institution for graduate study. Wileman Way is a street at the heart of Eddington.
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