Sunday 9 September 2007 11.58am
I made some enquiries when the blue paint appeared a few months ago and was told that it was guerrilla action by someone who believes that the plural is incorrect.
It will be repainted white at some point but it's not a priority for the park trust!
House style on this website is Potters Fields (fields in the plural, no apostrophe on Potters).
Although the current Southwark street sign next to St Olave's School says Potters Field
I think the previous sign had an S on the end, and many old maps and documents going back more than 100 years refer to the street name as Potters Fields
- see this 1862 map
(a corresponding search for the singular returns just one result)
I have been meaning to ask at the Local History Library for an opinion on the 'proper' name.
Meanwhile the council seems to use every conceivable variation on the spelling in its documents and planning reports - often multiple versions in the same document...