A Portrait  of  Kenilworth  in  Street-Names


Two editions of this book were written and published by Dr Geoff Hilton, in 2000 and 2003, both quickly sold out and a third was always contemplated.

However, Geoff left town with the task unfulfilled and he asked if I wished to take over the project.  It was my own published work revealing the stories behind many of Kenilworth's road developments that led to the approach.

The result is this third, fully updated and revised edition, involving a re-examination of each entry to include much newly-uncovered information, and of course including more recently built roads.

Also, street name-plates are photographically examined, from standard modern plates to the KUDC era, the oldest (past 125 years) to the curious (including the spectacular early post-war concrete structures), and even one simply painted on a wall!

Extensive referencing entices the reader to discover more.


72 A5 pages,  fully illustrated,   £5


 Additional information:


Harger Court:       

Dr John Proctor Harger (1913- 1982). Practised in Kenilworth from c1938 continuously until retirement in October 1978, continued to live in Kenilworth for the rest of his life. Was for many years a churchwarden at St Nicholas and one of his legacies, out of his own necessity, was to arrange and fund the installation of a toilet in the Vestry – known as “the Harger loo”


New roads are to be created in 2020; each is to carry the name of Kenilworth citizen who fell in the Great War:

Harris Way:       

James Harris:      Private 5893, 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd February 1918, aged 34. Buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France. II. G. 21. Son of Mr Charles and Mrs Elizabeth Harris of Birmingham. Husband of Elizabeth Harris of 42 Henry St, Kenilworth.

Richard Henry Harris:     Private 242775, 2nd/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 3rd April 1918, aged 36. No known grave. Commemorated on the Pozières Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 18 and 19. Son of Mr Charles and Mrs Annie Harris of St John's Street, Kenilworth. He was married and also lived in St John's Street.

Details taken from http://www.kenilworth-war-memorial.org.uk

At this time (February 2020) it has not been determined if the road is named specifically after James or Richard.

The other road on the development will be named Martin, taken from the same source.


The new development alongside the Kenilworth Cricket Club will also carry the names of Kenilworth Great War fallen:

Hewitt, Hickman, Mitchiner, Parkyn, Stanley and Wilkshire.