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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Following my consideration on the origins of West Green's Black Boy name back in the summer, Haringey Council has decided to rename Black Boy Lane in West Green.

The Council have called the exercise  a 'renaming consultation', but the online questionnaire offers only the ability to choose from a shortlist of two new names. So it appears that the decision to rename has already been taken with only the choice of name left to be decided.

They have issued the following press release.

The council has launched a renaming consultation with residents and businesses located on Black Boy Lane, as part of the wider Review on Monuments, Buildings, Place and Street Names in Haringey – which was launched on 12 June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The council believes that the names of our monuments, buildings, places and streets must reflect the values and diversity that we are so proud of in the borough. One of the street names that has been identified as not being reflective of this is Black Boy Lane.

Meanings change over time, and the term “Black Boy” is now most commonly used as a derogatory name for African heritage men.

As part of the consultation, the council is asking residents to consider new alternative names that celebrate some of the borough’s most notable influencers, and truly reflect the borough’s rich heritage.

The two names that have been shortlisted for residents to consider are, ‘Jocelyn Barrow Lane’ and ‘La Rose Lane’. The consultation will launch today, Monday 28 September and will run for a period of 4 weeks to Monday 26 October 2020.

Letters will be arriving on Black Boy Lane residents' doorsteps this week, who can respond to the consultation using one of the following methods:

If Haringey residents have concerns or queries about place, street or building names in the borough, please get in touch. Send your views to Leader@haringey.gov.uk.


Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow (15 April 1929 – 9 April 2020) was a Barbadian/Trinidadian British educator, community activist and politician, who was the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first Black woman to be a governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council.

John La Rose was a publisher, poet and essayist. He founded the Caribbean Artists’ Movement and publishing company New Beacon Books which has a bookshop in Stroud Green. In 1975, he co-founded the Black Parents Movement from the core of the parents involved in the George Padmore Supplementary School incident in which a young Black schoolboy was beaten up by the police outside his school in Haringey.

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The council only needs to  inform 'the residents' that re-naming to a 'cuter' name, and La Rose Lane is a cuter name, will add 50 thou' to the value of their properties and they will all be for it overnight. Bets anyone?

All the rest is hyperbole.

Owner occupiers. Tenants won't want the rent going up. Landlords - probably not even aware of a tiny squall in a modest size tea cup.

Nothin uglie about black boys

Agree.. That's not my point bro.

BUT, many, the majority of non-residents assume that name has some bad meaning.

How do you know ?

Well, you as self anointed HOL Know it all, should know how I know. BTW, have you got your old lightbulbs back yet? Going well isn't it..

I wouldn't pay £50K more to live on a street with a different name.

StephenBln (page 1 above) recalled hearing that BBL had been named in honour of a horse, one Black Boy. Seems to me residents should agree to calling BBL 'Black Beauty Lane'. OK, author Anna Sewell only lived in Dalston from Age 2, then in Stoke Newington from 12 to 16, so we're stretching the criteria for renaming a wee bit. But think of all the other pluses of 'Black Beauty' for a local street and pub. They could even rename Chestnuts as 'Black Beauty School' - the novel still ranks among the top ten of children's books. 

This idea could have legs -- four of them. Although I'm sure there will be neigh-sayers.

There's not too much stretch in that given that SoTo was for a while 'norf Stokey' at least among the aspirational young professional class who couldn't afford to buy in their natural environment. They brought us decent coffee, sourdough bread and slightly improved school performance tables.

She's now 'our Anna'.

Oh no! Am I being replaced? All jokes apart, I also think the idea of it being named for a horse had er yes, legs since there was are some old stables on West Green, at the top of our road. But I will have to go with the Bruce Castle experts conclusion on the King, and discard my amateur theories.

To be clear, Bruce Castle raise that as one possibility.



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