Friday 18 January 2013 2.00pm
I enquired once about a street name change at Southwark Local History Library
. My recollection of their advice is that researching this area is a matter of luck. Sometimes official records contain the reasons for the new name and change and other times don't.
The library has an index volume containing information on the dates etc. of street name changes which you can use to locate the contemporary record at the London Metropolitan Archive (LMA). Meanwhile if you click the link in the source samlouise01 cited there's a reference to a London County Council document which may assist a search at LMA.
A quick search showed the change occurred in 1937 and the old name was Collingwood Street. Here are a couple of interesting links (there are several more):-
To solve this Sohan probably needs to visit the London Metropolitan Archive. If that doesn't generate an answer I wonder if there's a connection to Christ Church on Blackfriars Road
, such as the church having relations in the interwar period/before with a church in pre-independence Ceylon?
There's also the Confraternity of St. James, which appears to be a pilgrimage body...