If you had to name your house, what name would you choose? “Money Pit” and “Stuck with It” are out of the running. Someone has probably already chosen them. In England, every house has a name and the name is proudly displayed on some sort of sign in front of or attached to the house. Some are nailed to a tree or the fence. Some are just on a stake in the ground and others are built right into the brick or stone on the front of the house.
The neighborhood in which we live is called Pyrford. Now when you say that outloud be sure to stress the r and say Pyrrrford with your best English accent. If it sounds a bit pretentious you’ve got it right. We do live in Woking but our landlords tell us some people like to refer to it as Pyrford so it sounds a bit more posh.
The sign above is on our house. It is called “Aprils.” We don’t know why, it just is. I assume it was named by the first owners. I can’t imagine house hunting and finding your dream house just to discover it has a terrible name like “Toad’s Breath” or “Bad Decision.” I wonder if you can change the name of your house. Hmm, I’ll have to ask about that. I do know when you give your address to a utility company or for a delivery they ask for the house number or name. We have both so we use the house number, but many do not have a numerical address and only use the house name and street name. If I discover any really great house names, I will be sure to share them with you.
Here is a sampling of names and signs in the streets close by in Pyrford. Click on any photo and it will open into a slide show.