'royal streets' - Queenston, Kingston, Princeton and Canterbury Roads
- were named with the English aristocratic imagery generally favored in
the time of their development, about 1910. Originally among the Berwald-Steward
Company's 'Shaker Lakes' tracts, as were the slightly older Bradford and
East Fairfax Roads, these four streets (one of which, Kingston, won a
Community Improvement Street Award) display quite a variety of house styles.
Many wonder about the origin of the streets' distinctive
foot path, a right-of-way which, curiously though inaccurately, appears
as a true street (part of Bradford) on some older maps. The path may be
as old as the tract, and obviously was created as a pedestrian-friendly
cut-through for such long blocks.
However, the City's plan to extend Bradford Road eastward
in April 1926 met organized protest among the path's neighbors (primarily
women, according to a news account) due to the high assessments a paved
street would foster to the newly created corner properties in this already-built-up
district. Not only was the street not constructed, but the wish of many
for the path to be retained for children to walk to the proposed Canterbury
School was also fulfilled. Cleveland Heights residents, apparently, have
always been outspoken concerning what they want or don't want in their
(Webmaster's Note: All of the 'royalty streets'
(excluding Canterbury) are situated on remarkably deep lots (Princeton
is 180', Kingston 220' and Queenston 240'). Many residents have heard
that the reason for this is that the tract's developers planned to have
no driveways, but rather for access to the homes to be from alleys at
the backs of the properties. Obviously, that didn't happen, but since
the streets already were platted, the large lots remained.)
Cleveland Heights Index
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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.