Naming names: houses and roads

A significant number of the older houses in Chaldon have been through a number of names over the years, and some of the roads too have had name changes.

On the 1914 edition of the Ordnance Survey Map of Chaldon, what is now Church Lane is named Chaldon Lane and Roffes Lane is called Holliday’s Bottom. At one time Rook Lane was Peace Road.

On house names: in Church Lane, The Rookery was previously called The Firs, and before that The Braziers. Almost next door to it, Wood House was given that name at the end of the twentieth century, having previously been Chimawan, and Greenshaw, and The Nest. Glebe House had been The Rectory.

Chaldon Mead has been variously known as Lettices, Daisy Farm, New House Farm, Hopefield Lodge and Richmond Lodge.

The reason a house name was chosen is often fascinating and tells a story in itself. We are hoping to collect and share some of the stories of the naming of houses in the village.

Some names are descriptive of the place or the person who lived there, and examples in Chaldon include Keeper’s Cottage in Doctors Lane where the game keeper lived, and Elmbank, also in Doctors Lane, where elm trees grew.

The story and the person behind the naming of Plava Shuma in Church Lane.

The house was built in 1926 for Sidney or Sydney Gausden, who was Serbian Croatian, and an artist. One room was built as an artist’s studio with a tall window. Sidney Gausden lived at Plava Shuma for the rest of his life, and died in 1947.

The family who lived in the house after him understood that Plava Shuma meant Shady Glen in Serbian / Croatian. However, when I used Google translations (7.12.16) Plava Shuma translates as Blue Carnival in Serbian and Croatian!

Googling for Sidney Gausden – is BFI Filmography which gives a list of films that he worked on as director, designer, settings etc. Some of the films are animations, and some with a strong religious theme.

Also V&A Collections shows his prints in their collection, including two posters for exhibitions in London, one of Jugoslav peasant industries, and one of Balkan Men and Ways. Woodcuts, one of Old Trees, three woodcuts of Bergamo c.1920, and a theatre set design c. 1935 of Paganini, Comedy Theatre.

Another source of information on his films is one film is dated 1946. is a piece about him in the context of British film art directors up to 1948.

(c) Madeline Hutchins 2017