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June 26, 2014 ☼ londontoponymy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Fortune

Studying London’s tube map, I’ve noticed a knack for (purposeful?) alliteration; Golders Green’, Charing Cross’, Hamstead Heath’. These all sound incredibly british to me, and conjure images of toffs chatting and spilling pimms (not the case). But, if you study the tube map for a minute longer, or just get bored by the initial dose of the unknown, a few patterns do start to emerge.

Common, Lane, Green, Heath, Cross, Wharf, Park, Bridge, Court, Road, Market, City, Town, Square are all basic descriptions of the area, and usually make up the second part of the tube-stop name. The first half is often a name, sometimes 700 years old. Like Kensal Green, which is a translation of the old English meaning the King’s Holt (King’s Wood). 

So that explains the system, and the opportunity for interesting combinations - coupled with London’s rich and lengthy history as a city, which provides lots of odd medieval imagery to draw from.

These are all fake but do sound quite british and plausible:
Hilton Cross, St. John’s Market, Flower Square, Grocers Green, College Hill, Bull Lane, Wizards Wharf etc

As for the link, Temple Fortune is the probably the most badass name I could find on the mpa.