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North Street, Newport

North Street, Newport - the former name of Crocker Street

One suggested origin for the new name was that a by-law was passed to make all 'Crockers' (i.e. potters, those who make pots) move to the edge of town near to water (the Lugley Brook) to reduce the danger of fire - most house in the town would have been thatched.

An alternative put forward by Eldridge in 'Newport in Bygone Days' was a 17th century family named Crocker; certainly the Newport Parish Burial Register records a number of burial for those named 'Croker' between 1600 and 1687.

See also: Newport  -  Newport Street Names

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