His­tory of street name

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

“I spot­ted some­thing un­usual in an early morn­ing tele­vi­sion pro­gramme about Sir Ge­orge Van Mor­ri­son, OBE, the North­ern Ir­ish singer and com­poser of many well-known songs, such as ‘BrownEyed Girl’, writes a Craigie reg­u­lar.

“A guide was tak­ing tourists round the lo­ca­tions in Belfast as­so­ci­ated with the singer-song­writer when I caught a glimpse of the street name be­hind her. It was Hyn­d­ford Street.

“We have a Hyn­d­ford Street in Dundee, once one of the turn­ing-points for trams on the Perth Road. Some went all the way to the Ninewells terminus and oth­ers turned round at Hyn­d­ford Street, with the street name show­ing on their des­ti­na­tion board.

“Why the name Hyn­d­ford and why is there a street of the same name in Belfast? Can any read­ers shed light on this? When younger, I used to take all these mat­ters for granted, but I have be­come more in­quis­i­tive in my old age and won­der how such now-ac­cepted fa­mil­iar names, places, words and phenom­ena came to be.”

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