Naming Christchurch – Local street and place names

”]Cars, bicycles and a bus create a busy scene at the Bank corner, Christchurch [ca. 1930]Want to find out how and why Christchurch streets and places got their names? Christchurch street and place names is the resource for you. It aims to give the origins of Christchurch street and place names. Information has come from published works and anecdotal information.   

It is researched and regularly updated by Margaret Harper (Aotearoa New Zealand Centre, Christchurch City Libraries) and if you would like to contribute, please contact us.   

Did you know Antigua Street used to be called Windmill Road?  It is one of the original streets of Christchurch, named by surveyors Joseph Thomas and Edward Jollie. The names of these original streets were taken from bishoprics listed in Burke’s Peerage, and included familiar streets like Antigua, Barbadoes, Cambridge, Cashel, Chester, Colombo, Durham, Gloucester, Hereford, Kilmore, Lichfield , Madras, Manchester, Montreal, Oxford, Peterborough, St Asaph, Salisbury, Tuam and Worcester.   

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