A tight spot in Squeezebelly Lane for Kingsbridge historian
CELIA Strong found herself in a tight spot trying to find Squeezebelly Lane in Kingsbridge.
The leader of the Kingsbridge U3A Local History Group was on the trail of the town’s most colourfully named lane for a visiting friend who wanted a photo of Squeezebelly Lane for her children.
She knew it existed from the Town Trails leaflet but as there was no name plate to confirm its whereabouts it proved rather elusive to both her and her visitor.
She said: “It is ridiculous that it has been referred to in the Town Trails literature but that it was not named.
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"I brought this up at our U3A Local History Group meeting when we were discussing street names and one of our members Anthony Barlow went straight to South Hams District Council.
"Now we have two name plates that have been put in place at either end of Squeezebelly Lane off Mill Street and Western Backway”.
Celia added: “I am really surprised that it has drawn such interest. It is very narrow. But I do think Squeezebelly Lane is much more entertaining than its original name which was Oxford Passage.”
U3A members plus the Mayor of Kingsbridge Irene Jeeninga attended a small ceremony along with South Hams Assistant Building Manager Colin Horswill and mason Richard Heard, who has long family connections with the town and who fixed the names plates into position.
Councillor John Carter, South Hams Executive Member for Planning, Economy and Community said: “We were glad to be able to respond.
"It is important to ensure our visitors can find their way around and get the full enjoyment out of the colourful names we have in this part of the world. Squeezebelly Lane does have a much greater fun appeal than Oxford Passage. I can see many visitors posing for photos against these signs.”
Mayor of Kingsbridge Irene Jeeninga said: “Squeezebelly Lane – so aptly named.
"I’m delighted that the nameplates are in place. Many visitors walk this lane and it’s part of the quirky bits of Kingsbridge.
"A big thank you to the local History Society for getting these signs organised after so many years of people just talking about it.”