Sunday 7 July 2013 3.01pm
This is a partial answer to your questions:-
1. Stamford St. Iíve searched but canít find an origin. You hint at the next point yourself, but after a previous enquiry here (see Colombo Street
, 14.2.13) I found there isnít necessarily an explanation for street names. There are also past discussions of the street you could locate through Search in case they help.
Here are some avenues/clues you and your colleagues could pursue...
ē Several books have been written about London street name origins, by authors including Caroline Taggart, Eilert Ekwall and John Wittich. There are also a number of online SN sites based around an index. The few Iíve tried have drawn a blank, but you could pick this up.
ē Stamford Street
was one of a series of streets constructed in the period after Blackfriars Bridge
opened in 1769. British History Online has a section on the street:
BHO explains how the street was developed in phases over about 25 years from 1790. One part followed the route of an existing road called Hollandís Leaguer, which is famous for its brothel with moated defences.
ē There is/was an aristocratic family called the Earls of Stamford. A street in Ashton-under-Lyne was named after Earl Stamford, arising from his land holdings in the area. I wonder if something similar happened in SE1? You could see if the investors in the post-1769 property schemes included this Earl.
ē Finally there used to be a bar/pub called The Stamford Arms at no. 62. Now renamed The Thirsty Bear, you could ask the brewery if they have any information on the source of the previous name. Many British pubs honour royals and aristocrats.
2. Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, transatlantic serial killer. He doesnít have a Blue Plaque (see Wikipedia). However there are numerous other plaque schemes listed on the English Heritage site:
If Dr. Cream has a plaque anywhere it could be under the black plaque scheme. This has a downloadable app: