Pic of the Week: Pointer to the Past?

Confused sense of identity

Confused sense of identity

Surely something’s gone a bit awry here? It’s not simply that the Borough of Twickenham no longer exists, that’s not the issue, it’s the combination of a reasonably new sign making reference to a borough which only existed from 1926 to 1965, being used to give a sense of history and tradition to a row of 18th century houses. Eh? In short, the borough status referred to on the sign came 200 years after the construction of the row. Perhaps the residents of Montpelier Row were keen to hark back to the glory days of the mid twentieth century. Or maybe, just maybe, the very original signs for Montpelier Row anticipated the creation of the borough in order to save on the cost of new signs at some future date. Here at twickerati HQ we love a bit of history and tradition but in this case it seems to have got a bit confused. Ah well, what do we know?


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7 responses to “Pic of the Week: Pointer to the Past?

  1. well I think they did not want to cram ‘London borough of richmond upon thames’ on a sign… And confuse more foreigners with the confusion between Postal districts, parish districts, council districts, et al…

    • Indeed. Just ‘Twickenham’ would suffice.

    • michelangelo

      I don’t see what the fuss is about. This street sign was presumably put in place between 1926 and 1965, when Twickenham was indeed a Borough (as stated). I would hardly expect all such signs (and there are others around) to be replaced after 1965 just because Twickenham was subsumed into Richmond – that wouldn’t have a good use of rate payers’ money

    • It’s great seeing the old original BoT signs around (we’ll add some pics soon) but this one is well under 49 years old. Perhaps they just asked for a new one to replicate the previous one however the other newer signs in the vicinity just have ‘Twickenham’ on them.

  2. Nostalgia isnt what it used to be

  3. Anything that promotes Twickenham in favour of Richmond I say yes to. I’m waiting for them to update the sign on the M25 too. After all, Twickenham is much better known on the global stage.

    • Actually tourists still think of London as being ” big Ben ” and houses of parliament .
      Ie olde worlde . sadly some young americans think houses of parliament is Hogwarts .