Good Morning from Iowa City, Iowa - home of The Younger Stamfords, a Sherlock Holmes group. Two questions, if I may. First: how and when was Stamford Street named - assuming it was named for a person. Secondly, are there any blue signs in the neighborhood pertaining to the 1892 crimes committed by Dr. Thomas Neil Cream?
1. Stamford St. Iíve searched but canít find an origin. You hint at the next point yourself, but after a previous enquiry here (see Colombo Street, 14.2.13) I found there isnít necessarily an explanation for street names. There are also past discussions of the street you could locate through Search in case they help.
Here are some avenues/clues you and your colleagues could pursue...
BHO explains how the street was developed in phases over about 25 years from 1790. One part followed the route of an existing road called Hollandís Leaguer, which is famous for its brothel with moated defences.
ē There is/was an aristocratic family called the Earls of Stamford. A street in Ashton-under-Lyne was named after Earl Stamford, arising from his land holdings in the area. I wonder if something similar happened in SE1? You could see if the investors in the post-1769 property schemes included this Earl.
ē Finally there used to be a bar/pub called The Stamford Arms at no. 62. Now renamed The Thirsty Bear, you could ask the brewery if they have any information on the source of the previous name. Many British pubs honour royals and aristocrats.