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Lyn Street.

Lyn Street 

In the early 1900s the suburb of Lynmouth was known as Veale’s Estate by many people in New Plymouth. That name stuck and, even in the 1940s, the destination signs on buses were still reading “Veale’s Estate.” The “Estate” belonged to Thomas Veale and it was later subdivided for housing.

Eventually the name fell out of use and Lynmouth is how we refer to the area today. It is named after a small town in southern England and Lyn Street is merely a truncation of the name.

Victoria Street (Patea).

Victoria Street (Patea) 

It is quite likely that every city - and many towns - in New Zealand have a street named after the long- serving English monarch, Queen Victoria. Her reign coincided with rapid European settlement of New Zealand and the establishment of many early towns.

The decision to name streets after the Queen was an obvious one. Patea was no exception, and so a stretch of road from Pembroke St to the main road was named after the English monarch. Curiously however, when the road resumed

Domett Street.

Domett Street

At first glance, residents may think early town planners were keen to economize on street names in central Waitara. Today, several streets are split into two distinct parts; a north and south or an east and west. It was the railway line and the expanding Waitara freezing works that were to change Domett Street.

The freezing works was sited close to the riverbank. It could only expand towards the west, away from the river. Both Queen Street and Domett Street were blocked off to allow the expansion.

Rosendale Avenue.

Rosendale Avenue 

New Plymouth grew rapidly in the 1960s and Spotswood was the centre of much of the development.

One of the new streets, Rosendale Ave, was developed in two stages. In the early 1960s it was a short no-exit street off Ngamotu Rd, coming to a dead end just past Lydford Place. Houses near the intersection were set back from road and a traffic island was built, allowing cars to turn at the end of the street.

A small shop, with parking out front, was built

Young Street.

Young Street 

Young Street in central New Plymouth dates back to the earliest days of European settlement. It was one of the names chosen by the surveyor Frederic Carrington and is a tribute to a director of the New Zealand Company.

George Frederick Young was born in 1791, the son of Vice-Admiral William Young and his wife Ann Curling. He became a leading figure in the shipbuilding firm, Curling, Young & Co., and developed an interest in colonization. He was also elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom

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