Have you ever wondered how people came up with some of the more original house names?
When we bought the cottage in 2007, it was already named, and we had a lovely plaque on the front wall with the picture of a Lancaster Bomber underneath it, though the property was named after the parish, not an aeroplane!
We also had a little bronze plaque by the front door saying
“On this site in 1841, Nothing Happened”.
We liked that, but somehow never got round to having one done saying
‘In 2007, we did!’
to put below it.
The property, originally the village school, was built in 1847 and converted to a private residence around the 1950s. Bits had been added to it, so it was a bit like a rabbit warren inside with its little corridors and quirky layout. My poor Mum kept getting lost trying to find her bedroom and always ended up in the kitchen, bless her!
I did a post on house names some time back, and talking with one of our boating friends who dropped in today, she said something rather charming and Hubby and I think we have come up with a house name for our new home.
I have seen properties (and boats) with names collated from the owners initials, pet or abbreviated names, or simply a combination of letters that actually spell a word (like Cobwebs in the linked post here) that have a special meaning to them.
In the days of thinking about opening a dog kennels, we were going to call it PaDs, then we toyed with the idea of a pet shop and came up with Paws for Thought, or Thoughtfully Paws.
Several of the properties lined up to view next week have house names. It will be interesting to see if they live up to them or there is absolutely no connection.
One of those in Wales had one, but it was a condition of the sale to have it removed within 7 days after completion. Bet that’s peaked your interest!
There were also 20 pages of covenants that went with it so we didn’t take it any further!