Road names: What’s the deal? Part 1

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As the vast majority of you (who can read) are aware, a substantial number of roads are named after famous people. Admittedly, unless you’ve spent several years studying fine art, you might not have heard of them. Dronfield Digital, the ever abundant fountain of knowledge and quasi-investigative journalism, aim to put an end to this.

1) Hogarth Rise: William Hogarth

Who was he?
He was a painter and social critic.
Anything I’ve heard of?
On the subject of naming roads, one of his most famous works ‘Beer Street and Gin Lane’, depicts the consequences of having a right old knees up on both beer and gin. Beer Street is supposedly happy and jovial and everyone is having a ‘rate good time’. Gin Lane, however, hates on the gin drinking population of London. It depicts suicide, infanticide, prostitution, madness and worst of all, hunger.

2) Lowry Drive: L. S. Lowry

Who was he?
L. S. Lowry was another British-born artist.
Why should I care?
Unless you’re really into pictures of industrial towns, you might not know that L. S. Lowry holds a very peculiar world record. In his lifetime, Lowry rejected 5 British honours, including a knighthood in 1968 (absolute lad).
You will have probably seen some of Lowry’s work before, as I mentioned, he was big on the old industrial British town drawing scene. His most recognisable work is ‘Huddersfield’.

3) Kipling Close: Rudyard Kipling

Who was he?
Kipling was a writer, novelist, poet and moustache enthusiast. Similar to Lowry (mentioned above), on several occasions he declined British honours, again including a Knighthood.
Is this The Jungle Book guy?
Yes, Rudyard Kipling is the man who wrote ‘The Jungle Book’, which was later made into a animated feature film by Disney, you might have seen it. One of his other works you are probably already familiar with, is ‘If—‘:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a man, my son!
– Rudyard Kipling, ‘If—‘.
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