More name checks today, the target was the Barmby Moor area near Pocklington. As we have seen before, the OS Locator data is very useful. It showed up a few small new developments in Barmby Moor. It also showed up a number of oddities which we have sorted out.
When I originally surveyed Barmby Moor we did it quite quickly and some street names were missing. Today I wanted to correct that. One area that was a bit awkward was the main road through the village. It only bears a name plate at the north east end, where it says Front Street. According to OS Locator it is called Main Street. We couldn't see any other name boards, so if the name changes it was difficult to see where. I looked at the house numbers for clues, but for once that didn't work - the houses have names and no numbers. I decided to ask the locals.
A very helpful elderly chap was tidying the garden of his bungalow and he explained, at some length, how the name of the street had changed in his lifetime. He explained where Front Street changes to Main Street and how, when the bungalow he lives in was built 30 years ago, the end of the street became West End. Sure enough the few bungalows at the end of the street have a numbering scheme that fits.
The main A1079 that runs by the village is called York Road on OS Locator. There are no signs to that effect that I can see, but it does go to York. Oddly there is a small piece of the road that seem to have a name Gale Hill within the section that is also called York Road. Looking closely I spotted a house called Gales Hill in just the right spot. I have seen this elsewhere with OS data. Near Molescroft there is a road OS think is Constitution Hill, but that is the name of a nearby farm. The road is called Malton Road, I know someone who lives there.
If you are using OS Locator for road names, beware of surveyors who can't tell a house name from a road name.