Cromhall Children name rural development after finding Domesday connection
Published by Hywel Lloyd for Merlin Housing Society in Housing and also in Communities
St Andrew’s pupils celebrate after naming Merlin Housing Society’s new development at Cromhall. From left to right: back row, Winnie Rodgers, Natasha Kerr, Bolivia Drew, Archie Gent and Grace Gamble. Front row: Martha Bryant, Sam Daykin, Emma Daykin
Children from St Andrew’s School in Cromhall have named the site of a new rural Post Office, shop and affordable homes, as Lygon Court after stumbling upon a connection in the Doomsday book.
Local housing association Merlin Housing Society asked pupils to suggest names for the development. And its staff surprised the primary school pupils at their assembly last week armed with prizes for the lucky winners and runners up.
Merlin’s development Officer Shane Smith said: “The new development is right in the heart of the community and we wanted the village’s children to play a part in its history. We were privileged to be invited to the school to give everyone who put forward a name a prize.
“We received some very creative names but thought that brother and sister Sam and Emma Daykin’s suggestion Lygon Court, was apt because of the Lygon family’s relationship with Cromhall in the Domesday book.
The development at Cromhall, which is set to complete next month, has secured the future of the village’s only shop and Post Office. To date the award winning post office has been housed in a portacabin The shop is run entirely by volunteers.
The site also features two-two bed houses and one-one bed flat which will be let at affordable rent to people with a connection to the Cromhall, who may otherwise be priced out of living in the rural community.
Merlin purchased the land from South Gloucestershire Council for £1and the council also gave £100,000 toward the build.