Dunsneerin’: It’s the most obvious social divide – whether your house has a name or a number

As soon as the dust settles Jeremy Clarksoncontroversial attack of Megan Markle Rather than stir up another wasp’s nest, he denounces people who live in houses with names rather than street numbers as social climbing nimbies.

Clarkson, 62, says it was the snobbish type the house was named after that died against his Diddley Squat Farm and shop in Chadlington, Oxfordshire. People who live in numbered houses tend to be more tolerant.

“It’s cleanly divided between those who have house numbers, such as 22 Oak Avenue and 3 Grove. We’re bringing businesses to this area and giving our kids jobs, so support us.” They tend to do that,” says the former. top gear Presenter.

They tend not to like us if we have a house name. London Most recently, they don’t want large numbers of people coming to the farm shop, so it seems like a split.

Broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson poses for a photo at Diddley Squat farmshop in West Oxfordshire.

Broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson poses for a photo at Diddley Squat farmshop in West Oxfordshire.

Clarkson, 62, says it’s the snobby type the house is named after who died against his Diddley Squat Farm and shop in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.

In fact, Clarkson doesn’t mention “strutting types,” but that’s what he meant. And while in the grand (or not-so-grand) plan of things it doesn’t matter if a house has a name or a number, when it comes to the minutiae of class distinctions that Britain remains, it matters a lot Famous all over the world.

House names were rare until the late Victorian era, as single-family homes were uncommon in the strict sense of the word. Even 100 years ago, 9 out of 10 homes were privately rented, but by 1939, 1 out of 4 homes were owned.

With the surge in homeownership came an increase in home names. But the name you chose for your home was both a statement of your status and a social minefield… not yet.

If your home is clearly a modest family residence and you’re a socialite, call your home a “mansion.” Conversely, the Oxford English Dictionary citation for the word ‘naff’ reads: ‘It’s a nuff to call your house The Gables or Mon Repos’.

Clarkson said: To be a split for me

But there is no doubt that the name of the house can somehow “elevate” the people who live there. After all, the wealthy, or those who thought of themselves as part of the landlord class, or who considered themselves socially superior in some way, have spent centuries living in their own homes. has been called ‘Manor’, ‘Hall’, ‘Castle’ and even ‘Grove’.

And perhaps we can all agree that the expression “born on the manor” sounds more ringing than the expression “born on 27 Elm Tree Walk.”

Mind you, there are house names that carry an air of grandeur, and then there are houses that can easily lead you to a dead end. All Primrose Cottages rank among the top 20 home names. But none carry the exact same cachet of Dartington Hall, Hartley Wintney Hall, or the ubiquitous moniker of Old Rectory or Vicarage.

In fact, there are even special membership organizations for parsonages and those who live in parsonages. Founded in 2006 and called the Society of Pastors, Lord Chartle (former Bishop of London) is the Patron of the Church and Lord Moore of Ettingham, former editor of The Daily Telegraph, is chairman of the Board .

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I could be wrong, but I doubt there is a similar group for those who live in Tree Top or Meadow View.

My own Berkshire childhood home had a name. It was called Hoodley House, after a local creek, and although it was Grade II listed, it overlooked a busy road and was not particularly luxurious.

My grandparents, on the other hand, lived in a stately house at the end of a long Scottish border drive called Manderston. It was so grand that Highgrove of King Charles in Gloucestershire or Checkers, the official country residence of the Chancellor, the name told you all you needed to know.

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Buyers are ready to pay up to 40% more for named homes, according to estate agent Alexander Gibson in Harrogate, Yorkshire

When I first got married, my wife and I lived at 35 Broxash Road, South London. It was a small terraced house that realtors call “potential.” I suppose I could have called it the Broxash House to distinguish it from all the other nearly identical houses on the street, but that was laughably hyperbole.

Still, buyers are willing to pay up to 40% more for named homes, according to realtor Alexander Gibson of Harrogate, Yorkshire, and one survey found that about 85% of people prefer named homes. says. A house with a name as well as a number.

But achieving such ambitions is largely something rural dwellers can do. Many urban slickers can only dream of one day living in a house with a name on it, but in this country it’s the norm rather than the exception: in some villages, up to 95% of her homes are numbered rather than numbered. have a name

And this makes them a bane for emergency services. One former Copper, who responded to Clarkson’s comments online, said: [with] No number. just the name. In case of emergency, try to find ‘Blog Villa’ at night.

Worse, some villages have multiple properties with the same name. His colleague tells him that his friend’s postman is making deliveries to the village where his three yew tree cottages are located.

Of course you can have both a name and a number. My wife and I have just built a small house on the main street of a Wiltshire village. There was a bungalow called Grenafon on the premises, so we planned to name our house the same.

But Joanna wanted to change it to Bend in the River. This is because she can almost see the bend of the Kennett River from her bedroom window and because one of her favorite books is her VS Naipaul’s “A Bend In The River.”

So, for a fee of about £80, Wiltshire County Council allowed us to change the name. The problem was that the mailman and delivery driver had no idea where Bend in the River was on High Street.

The solution was to revert to Glenafon’s actual house number, which happened to be 55B. I’m afraid my late grandparents are taking that kind of social advancement too seriously, so now I’ve chosen the best or worst of both worlds.Our home is Bend in the River , called 55B High Street.

The postman is delighted, but I’m not sure the village’s longtime residents would approve of the London fugitive dismissing a name that had been part of the community for nearly 100 years.

Mark Palmer, Daily Mail

The letter after the number could indicate that you live in a flat rather than a house. But who cares? The answer is many people. Some people’s ambitions don’t stretch beyond losing that obvious letter of address: after all, there’s no sign of the city’s progress more than he lives at number 12 instead of 12B. This is a sure sign that you live in a house and not an apartment.

Some who flee to the countryside follow a humorous route. This is what Clarkson happened to call his farm Diddley Squat. It’s like a taxi driver who retires to live in Essex and renames his house Dunloamine. Or a couple called Dave and Trisha who named their house Davelysha. Elsewhere, he came across an East London semi named Erseandmyne, a country house named Windy Bottom, and another Bog View whose owner does not appear to be planning to sell any time soon. Also in Wales he has a villa called Llamedos, which should be read in reverse.

Housename camps in general have a bit of a pretentiousness to them, but it’s worth remembering that arguably the grandest address in the country has a number: Number One London, headed for Buckingham Palace. Looking out over Hyde Park Corner.

Acquired by the Duke of Wellington from his brother in 1817, two years after his victory at the Battle of Waterloo, as the Piedataire of London.

In fact, it has the same name and number as my own little Wiltshire residence, Apsley House. So I am in a noble company. Dunsneerin’: It’s the most obvious social divide – whether your house has a name or a number

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