Exeter's street names often reflect its 2,000-year history. They give clues to its former importance as a centre of religious learning and celebrate the trade and industry which once flourished in the city. Below are some of the city's most intriguing street names.
Blackboy Road: The nickname of Charles II because of his dark colouring.
Buddle Lane: From an Old English word 'bothl' which means 'dwelling'.
Friernhay Street: meaning 'friars enclosure'. Grey Friars lived in the area in the late 1200s.
Guinea Street: Derives from the old word 'gennel', meaning 'narrow road'.
Heavitree Road: A Saxon word; Heavitree means 'the head tree' – one used as a gallows.
Mincinglake Road: From an ancient name for nuns – 'Moenchin' – a stream near a nunnery.
Parliament Street: One of the narrowest streets in the world. Urban myth suggests that it referred to the capability of 18th-century government!
Rack Street: 'Rack' refers to frames to dry the woollen cloth for which Exeter was famed.
Sidwell Street: From the mythical St Sidwella, an early Christian killed by her stepmother.
Waterbeer Street: From the 1300s. It was the street of water bearers who collected river water to sell.
Widgery Road: Named after FJ Widgery, a famous landscape painter and mayor of Exeter, in 1903.