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Boon Lane.

In the late 1800s survey maps show there was a small fire-house and bell on Devon St, close to the intersection with Gover St. A right-of- way is also pictured nearby. Eventually the fire-house was removed and replaced by commercial buildings, but the right-of- way remained.

One of the businesses that would become prominent in the area was Boon Brothers Ltd. The New Plymouth building firm was founded in 1895 and went on to construct commercial and residential buildings in New Plymouth for many years.

By the 1920s the company's operations were established in several old wooden buildings

Hoyle Place.

Hoyle Place 

Hoyle Place, near Sanders Park in Westown, was once known as Bracken Street. Unsurprisingly, there was always a bit of confusion about the northern and southern – upper and lower – parts of Bracken Street.

Early surveys indicate it was 1901 when that part of Bracken Street nearest Sanders Park was first sub-divided for housing. At the time that area of town was known locally as Oranoa. Some of the original large sections have been sub-divided further in the years since.

The confusion caused by having two

Short Lane .

Short Lane 

Most of New Plymouth's many inner-city lanes have evolved over time, usually to allow rear access to commercial buildings as they have been built or re- designed. The history of Short Lane is a little different.

Frederic Carrington's first survey maps of New Plymouth, in the early 1840s, show Short Lane intersecting with Young Street. In those early days it was intended to connect the lane through to King Street by a bridge over the Mangaotuku Stream. It has always been called Short Lane too. And,

Autere Street.

Autere Street 

Autere Street is a short cul-de-sac at the eastern end of Gill Street.  It is named after a pa located on the city side of the Henui River and was chosen instead of Oriental Crescent which appears on early maps.

In 1915 the Taranaki Daily News described the pa site as the “old Maori Canoe Reserve”. The writer recalled watching the “intrepid Natives” battling out through the surf in their canoes, later returning with them laden with fish.

The surveyor, Frederic Carrington, had other ideas for the

Lydford Place .

Lydford Place 

The village of Lydford in England stands near a gorge and the River Lyd. It was established as far back as the 10th century. The short, no-exit street of the same name, in Spotswood, can only trace its history back to the early 1960s.

By the mid-1950s a significant shortage of housing was evident New Zealand-wide. In the improving economy a boom in property prices, and therefore house building, was underway. There were several large new subdivisions being developed in New Plymouth.

The vacant land either side

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