London’s Muriel Street become Leirum Street in Islington Council’s back-to-front thinking
NO-ONE lives inMuriel Street in Barnsbury, north London. Muriel Street has been wiped from the map. In its place is Leirum Street. That’s Muriel spelt backwards.
“The name change for a small section of Muriel Street – which is cut in two by the estate – was requested by the tenants/residents association. This was to make it less confusing for emergency vehicles and other visitors. Some residents thought it was a cock-up, but it was a quite deliberate decision. I don’t know exactly who chose the name.”
Once upon a time, street names would reflect the the place’s history or aspirations. Lerium Street is a place best viewed from a passing car’s rear view mirror.