Is it only me who has a bit of a thing over the name ‘Silver Street’? Ever since we moved to Somerset I have been noticing them. Actually I know it’s not just me, I cam across a rather exhaustive essay on the possible derivations of the name, several possibilities including Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian names, no conclusions were drawn. One website for South Petherton claims the origin of its street name was because there was a mint situated on the street, but that in no way explains the other 36 Silver Streets in my Somerset Atlas. The author Lindsey Davis sent her entertaining but sadly fictional Roman informer Falco to mine silver on the Mendips, and in fact the Romans did, but most of the Silver Streets aren’t on the Mendips.
So, when I made a list of possible subjects for a Westcountry Bestiary, I really thought that somehow Silver Street should be included… a half-baked idea is emerging. Here are some initial scribbles, and the appropriate page in my atlas, just in case you doubted me!