Housebuilder Looks to Wokingham's Past for New Road Names

Award-winning housebuilder Crest Nicholson has collaborated with Wokingham Borough Council and the Wokingham Society to devise road names for the market town’s new Mulberry Grove development, scheduled to launch in May this year.

Drawing on Wokingham’s esteemed heritage, Crest Nicholson will commemorate prominent figures from the town’s history in the development’s infrastructure.

Street names will include Braybrooke Crescent to mark the family who were appointed High Stewards of Wokingham between 1786 and 1861, and who bore the inherited title of Baron Braybrooke.

Amateur historian Cecil Culver, who served as a manager at Reeves Removals, will be remembered via Culver Grove. Known locally for his smart appearance, Cecil moved to Wokingham in 1914 becoming one of the town’s longest standing residents until he passed away aged 99 in 2009.

The outstanding aviatrix and navigator Winifred Spooner will lend her name to Spooner Place at Mulberry Grove. Honoured for her bravery at Wokingham Town Hall after her plane crashed off the coast of Italy, Winifred swam two miles to rescue her co-pilot from drowning.

Finally, William Wilson Wheeler, a partner in the firm of solicitors, Wheeler & Sargeant, will be remembered via Wheeler Avenue. Born in 1813, William held the positions of Alderman, Clerk to the Guardians and superintendent registrar.

Christine Tiernan, Sales and Marketing Director of Crest Nicholson South, comments: “Embracing the history and heritage of our local communities is fundamental to the development of Crest Nicholson sites. Partnering with the local council and the Wokingham Society has given us a unique insight into the area’s past and enabled us to immortalise key figures from local history within Mulberry Grove. It’s the perfect initiative to ensure that the area’s heritage resonates for generations to come.”

Viv Conlon, Wokingham Borough Council’s Street Naming Officer, adds: “Inspiration for naming new roads can come from a number of sources, but we are delighted that such prominent figures from our local history will be remembered in this way at Mulberry Grove. Their memory will no doubt become part of the fabric of our increasing community as it continues to thrive; I am delighted that we able to enhance a sense of place by this collaboration with Crest Nicholson and the Wokingham Society.’’

Peter Must, Chairman of the Wokingham Society, concludes: “Wokingham is brimming with history, but this is not always apparent without a bit of research. Being able to name new roads at Mulberry Grove after such significant Wokingham residents will not only keep their memory alive, but I hope also that it will encourage the community to embrace the area’s vast local history. We will also be working with Crest Nicholson to create an information pack about the rationale behind the road names, which will be shared with prospective purchasers when they visit Mulberry Grove.”

Launching in May this year, Mulberry Grove will comprise a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses in Wokingham. Designed for first-time buyers, growing families and downsizers, Mulberry Grove will fulfil an array of requirements for different buyer profiles. To register for further information, please contact 0118 402 9321.

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