online: 4 october 2019
modified: 4 october 2019
26 september 2019 Celtic names in
how did it happen? (that Welsh names were given to streets in this part
of London) . . . almost certainly they were chosen by Welsh people . . .
naming bits of the capital where they were living or building and
renting accommodations . . .
the last one being the most attractive to me as the name of a stream or
a small river or nant . . . the second one crewys looks like a Welsh
name but could be an invention . . . whereas llanvanor is clearly
altered for the occasion . . . (if vanor was a Welsh word it would be
spelt fanor (v being unexisting in Welsh) . . .
these three attempts as reclaiming the welshness of what is now England
is a sad story not inspiring to me . . . nor perhaps to others . . . but
nevertheless a sign of resistance to minor colonialism . . .
these rather heavy thoughts are perhaps relieved by the freshness and
modesty of the simple river name Nant . . . one can imagine that years
ago it would have sounded as fresh as it does now . . . fresh and simple
. . . recalling as it does the title of a famous poem nant y myndd
meaning the name of the river that comes from a mountain . . .
its not easy or pleasant to correct such writing as this which is full
of unpleasant (little memories . . . which those who named these streets
were probably trying to avoid . . .
i am reminded of the renaming of Jack Price as the donkey man who
provided visiting and native children with donkey rides . . . (though
his more distinguished relative was the medical officer to the
county). . . and of Emlyn another donkey man (of Borth) who was said to
have occasionally slept in a hedge despite owning a street of houses in
London . . .
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