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Origin of Mattishall's Street Names ....
Information kindly supplied
Ruth Fisher and Iris Coe

Firstly we have some of the common names found on old maps and records. These names have long gone but this should give an idea of their position in Mattishall today.

Lalderum Square - this was the site of the present 88 Dereham Road (in more recent times Rayner's Farm.

Queen Square - now Church Plain

Bull Street - ran roughly from the present Surgery to the corner of Welgate. (There was at one time a public house called The Bull but it was the house on the south side of Church Plain). Burgh Road/Lane - same as today.

Regent Street - the road running from the main road to east of All Saints church as far as Church Plain.

Galla Green - not sure about this but probably a footpath leading from the main road past Stone Road to the site of the gallows, near Old Moor.

Gentleman's Walk - part of the main road running from the Old Vicarage probably to Burgh Lane corner.

George Street - was a short piece of road running from Burgh Lane corner eastwards - the present three storey house was the George Inn.

Church Street (probably known as Kirkgate or Kirkgate Street in earlier times) - was the road west of the church leading to Queen Square.

Town Lane - the road leading from Queen Square to South Green part of which was called Brazen Doors.

Mill Street - the present Mill Road

Hulver Dyke Lane - this was the road leading from South Green to Heath Road. (Hulver is another name for holly).

Jacob's Island - part way down Howes Lane over to the east. A single dwelling there as far as I know.

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All Saints Walk:-
These properties are on an old footpath to All Saints Church from The Old Rectory which used to be at Stoney End the old path came out on the main road at what is now known as the Trap.

Back Lane:-
Could be because it’s the back way round the village from Dereham Road to Burgh Lane.

Barn Close:-
Next to the old barn on Back Lane (which has now been converted into a home).

Burgh Lane:-
This road leads to Mattishall Burgh. Mattishall Burgh was a small hamlet and was separate from the main village till recent times. In the late 1800’s this road was known as Burgh Road the top from Back Lane was called Cemetery Road - the Cemetery was opened in 1894.

Camping Close:-

There used to be village fairs on this land at Rogationtide. The name camping is an early name for football.

Cedar Rise:-

Named after ‘The Cedars’ a large house on the main Dereham Road now known as ‘Madingly’ (Number 30).

Cedar Close:-
As above

Cherry Tree Close:

Church Lane: - Mattishall Burgh

Church Plain:-
The plain and area round All Saints Church. In the 1800’s and earlier this area was known as Church Square and formally Queen's Square which also included the Vicarage, houses, shops and the Swan on Dereham Road. This stretch of Dereham Road was also formally known as Gentlemans Walk

Crosskeys Way:-
Named after the Crosskeys Public House, which was on Burgh Lane opposite Back Lane. As the Crosskeys pub was actually in Mattishall Burgh it took the name from the fact that 'Crosskeys' was the sign of St Peter to whom Mattishall Burgh Church is dedicated.

Daffodil Way:-
Part of what used to be Wesley Lusher’s orchard, there were vast clusters of daffodils under the Pear trees. Which were taken and sold at market.

Dereham Road:-
Road to Dereham. In the 1881 census Dereham Road from Mill Road was called Yaxham Road.

Farrow Close:-
Named after Ronald Farrow who was a local businessman/farmer also a very keen sportsman. Ron Farrow supplied the land for the Cricket Club and added another field a few years later to make what is now known as the Playing field where the Social Club now stands on South Green.

Folly Court:-

Named after Folly Lane which used to lead to Blind Lane

Gant Close:

Geddes Way:-
Named after the Rev. Thomas Gordon Geddes (always known as Gordon Geddes) who was the vicar of Mattishall from 1946 until his death in 1959.

Gogle Close:-
Named after Mr Jessie Gogle who lived in Old Hall Farm.

Greg's Close:-

A letter sent to the Parish Council in March 1979 gave the origin of this close..... My Father owned and developed the Hunter Ave estate in Mattishall and named the first right - hand turning Gregs Close after my father..... signed Mrs D. G. Webb. Eric & Betty Webb lived at 'Amberley', South Green.

Holly Close:-

Part of Wesley Lusher's orchard.... At Christmas Wesley Lusher would make and sell Holly wreaths.

Howes Lane:-
Named after Mr William Howe who was a carrier as well as his forbears. They did a regular return journey to Norwich by horse and cart. William Howe lived in Mill Road in 1881 (a property which is now known as the Manse).

Hunters Ave:-

Named after Miss Hunter who used to live in Mattishall Hall, South Green. Miss Hunter was well known for her many dogs. She was secretary for the Dereham branch of the R.S.P.C.A for over 43 years.

Ivy Way:-

Named after Ivy House Farm

Key's Farm:-
Named after Cross Keys public house on Burgh Lane.

Lime Tree Close:-
Named after Lime Tree Farm.

Mill Road:-

Just off Mill Road is a Windmill at Ivydene, which has now been turned into a holiday home. Previously known as Mill Street.

Mill Close:- off Mill Street
As below......

Mill Street:-
Named after the windmill on Mill Street which was known as the Black Tower. Here William Duffield started milling in 1890 employing two men. In 1896 William moved his business to Saxlingham Thorpe Mills. ‘Duffields’ are considered to be a landmark in British milling. In the 1880’s this road was known as Town Lane as well as South Green Road.

Moorfield Road:-

This road was named after a bungalow on Dereham Road called ‘Moorfield’ (133) next to the Old Police House. The bungalow was owned by Mr & Mrs Grimes - Mr Grimes was a Mattishall Parish Councilor and Mrs Grimes was a local District Nurse and Midwife that brought many village babies into the world. The original plan was to develop Moorfield Road to run parallel with Dereham Road using the long back gardens of the homes from Orchard Road and re-join Dereham Road at Mr Grime’s bungalow but this never happen for a developer closed it off into a cal-de-sac.

New Lane:-

The road from South Green was rerouted - it has also been known as Doctor’s Lane. Dr George Taylor, who practised here for 46 years, had a house and surgery built at South Green.

Norwich Road:-

From Burgh Lane leading out of the village to Norwich. In the 1800’s this was also called the Turnpike.

Occupation Road:-

Origin unknown: - A suggestion - An extract from some Lincolnshire history - It originated as a name for a lane that led to arable strips in open fields owned by a villager who had occupation rights, he could access his land by traveling along occupation road. John F Jackson.

Old Hall Road:-
In the 1700’s Old Hall Farm, which today is a working farm was called Mattishall Hall.

Orchard Road:-

On this site was an orchard owned by Wesley Lusher.

Parker Road:-

Named after Bishop Parker or his wife. Bishop Parker was Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and later to Henry V111. Bishop Parker appears on the village sign. At this time throughout the country religion was going through a great change and one of Bishop Parkers tasks was to seek out and report Catholics to Queen Elizabeth 1. It was from him that we get the expression "nosey parker"! Bishop Parker probably never lived in Mattishall but he did marry Margaret Harlestone who lived in the village in a house on Church Plain. In 1558 Matthew Parker became Archbishop of Canterbury and Margaret became mistress of Lambeth Palace for eleven years until her death in 1570. Margaret never forgot Mattishall and in her will she left to the Parish land to the value of fifty shillings per annum. She also directed that a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (of which Parker had been Master) should preach each year in Norwich, Thetford and Mattishall at Rogationtide. The Parker Sermon continues to this day.

Pear Tree Close:-

Part of an orchard owned by Wesley Lusher. Named after the Pear Trees that stood on this site.

Rayners Way:-
Named after Rayners Farm.

Rayners Close:-
As above

Ringers Close

Robert Key Drive:-
Named after the Rev Robert Key 1805-76 who was a leading figure in Primitive Methodism. He made Mattishall his headquarters and would travel for miles to other villages and towns to preach the gospel. His area became known as the Mattishall Circuit.

Smithson Drive:-
Named after the builders.

South Green:- open area Common Land until 1803
South Green is on the south side of the village and leads to our neighbouring village of Welborne. The name South Green dates back to, at least the, the 1700,s and was an open area of Common Land until 1803..

Stoney End :-
This was going to be called 'Old Rectory Close', but in April 1979 the residents got together and voted to name it after Mr. Derrick Stone who lived there.

The Beeches:-

New buildings. Name origin unknown. ?

The Oaks:-
Named after the oak trees that grow the length of this road.

Thynnes Lane:-
Named after Robert Thynnes, a saddler who lived at the first house in on the left from South Green.

Town Lane:-
Somewhere around 1880 what we now know as Mill Street was known as Town Lane as well as South Green Road

Vassar Court:-
Named after the Vassar family. In the 1881 census there was a Mary Vassar living in Several House on Church Plain. The Vassar's were brickmakers and farmers at East Tuddenham. Two members of the family bought property and land in Mattishall.

Watercress Lane:-
Down this lane was a small stream where many villagers would go to pick watercress.


This part of the village was known as Welgate. It is not quite clear how this area got its name but it is said that there was a well on the corner of Welgate and Dereham Road.

Welgate Close:-
On this site was a public house known as Ivy Cottage. When it was demolished the present close of bungalows were built and the close was given the name of Welgate Close.

Wesley Close:-

Named after Wesley Lusher who owned an orchard on this site - part of the close was also built on the old bowling green which was at the rear of the Eight Ringers Pub owned by Mr & Mrs Beckham and sold after it closed.

Willow Close:-
Built on the land of Willow Farm owned by the Turner family. Dolton Turner became the Milkman in the village. On this site also was the old football field, it was not the most popular of venues as the field had a slight slop.

Wier Ave:-

Should have been named ‘Wire Ave’ after Herbert Wire a local farmer who own the land where Parker Road and Wier Avenue are today . Herbert Wire lived at Moat Farm, but a mistake was made in the spelling although over the years the family have used both names.

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