Images of England
were important to early Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be
residents. Not only were many of our early homes and apartment houses
constructed of British-related styles, but our streets (as well as apartment
houses) were given names borrowed from the English. And what was more
English than magnificent London, even though few of our English-house
styles were ever all that urban?
Concentration here will be in linking our street names with
London places of historical imagery, not with London streets themselves
(most of our street names surely exist somewhere in Greater London). Linkages
are obviously tricky because a street could be named after, say, a London
district or perhaps an American village of the same name. Correct associations
may be based on the general pattern or specific neighborhood; thus out
Hanover Drive, within a tract of German names, was assumably named after
the Prussian province rather than London’s Hanover Square. Five
of our streets have names of historic districts of the British capital:
Chelsea Drive, Kensington Road, Nottinghill Lane, after Notting Hill;
St. James Parkway, after St. James’s (sometimes spelled “James”);
and Westminster Road. Our Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford, St. Albans and
Windsor Roads certainly relate to the famous cities so near London. Berkshire,
Essex, Kent, Middlesex, and Surrey Counties surround London and hence
have inspired more names.
Cleveland Heights pays tribute to London’s parks and
gardens with Grosvenor Road, after Grosvenor Square; Hampstead after Hampstead
Heath; Hyde Park Avenue; and Kew Road, after London’s Kew Gardens.
Or is the last named after Kew Gardens in Queens, New York? Were Berkeley
Avenue and Road named after London’s Berkeley Square or the California
city? Probably the latter, though we have both a Western U.S. and a London
name for streets nearby.
Some of our streets are associated with important London
architecture, such as the Burlington Arcade, Clarence Square, Cumberland
Terrace, and Marlboro House, but these names could have other sources.
Kensington, Kew, and St. James’s are London palaces, and Tudor Drive
and Stuart and Windsor Roads have names directly related to British royalty.
Kingston, Princeton, and Queenston Roads could relate to many nationalities,
but we first associate them with the royals of England.
Nevertheless, many of our British-named streets carry names
from areas away from London—as befits a suburb whose developers
sought to draw those who wanted to leave Cleveland proper. Interestingly,
a higher percentage of the streets of illustrious Shaker Heights were
given specifically British names. Indeed, Shaker has an almost entirely
Cleveland Heights Index
For easy access, the following list of stories will
appear at the end of each story page.
City Of Few Streets Have you ever wondered how your street got
its name? Perhaps Cleveland Heights' bright new street signs will
heighten awareness of your street names.
Boulevard? How many readers know of streets in Cleveland
Heights that actually are called "Street?"
Origins That most Cleveland Heights streets sport
the name of English towns or London streets or are derived from
words in the English language is well agreed, but we have many
street names originating from other nationalities gracing our
Names Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take
their names from thoroughfares they are near.
Suburb Some hear the word “north” and
start to shiver. Some label “northern Cleveland Heights”
what is north of Mayfield, which for many years was lucky to be
closer to Euclid Beach amusement park.
The Avenue Jan Cigliano's The Grand Avenue: 1850-1920,
of 1994, describes the history of selective prestigious thoroughfares
in large American cities, including Cleveland.
The Boulevard Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was
popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
London Connection Images of England were important to early
Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
Wood Streets Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast
no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
Street Spellings The quirky spellings of some of our street
names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
Roads Cleveland Heights has several streets which
honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road
Among Us Cleveland Heights' 'royal streets'-Queenston,
Kingston, Princeton and Canterbury Roads-were named with the English
aristocratic imagery generally favored in the time of their development,
Shorties Cleveland Heights has its turn-of-the-century
'country lanes,' but also has its very short streets-cut-throughs
not found in the newer suburban areas of highways, winding drives
and cul-de-sacs. Most of our short streets are by-ways connecting
two to four streets.
A Drive What image does 'Drive' in a street name
evoke to you?
And Twos Our community is flush with streets grouped
in trios and pairs.
Name's (Almost) The Same Cleveland Heights, with most of its streets
named within a 25-year period many years ago, has a number of
street names so similar that they have confounded the public since
Flattered! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
Cleveland Heights must be appealing to residents elsewhere because
some of our street names have been conscientiously copied in other
In A Name? Sometimes the name of a street is influenced
by that of a more major street nearby.