I'm the patron Saint of names

I suppose when you are born with the surname Saint, and you end up by spending half your life working as a clergyman, you can be forgiven for having a slight bias towards things, shall we say, heavenly!

I started noticing some of the street names around the county and was fascinated to know their origins. Of course there are dozens of Church Lanes, closes, roads and streets, and the same goes for chapels and meeting houses; it is too obvious to explain their origins.

But then you drive through Little Addington and see Amen Corner and Amen Place and wonder if that was the point reached by the time the old vicar had finished saying his prayers on his morning walk!

Thanks to the Angel Hotel in Northampton's town centre we have Angel Lane; pretty obvious, but if you have walked down it recently, it is hardly an angelic walk, unlike Paradise Walk in Kettering!

I note that in the Bowdens, just over the border in Leicestershire, you find Jordan Close.

Now that could be named for a glamour model or a local civic dignitary, but I know it comes from the River Jordan that flows that way from nearby Braybrooke.

I once spoke to Norman Foster who, since 1965, had been lay Pastor of Braybrooke Baptist Church. He was eager to give me all the details.

He had been told by older members of his flock that their parents remembered being baptised in the Braybrooke River Jordan.

The River Jordan is, in fact, little more than a stream that often dries up in the summer months, although I suspect it is probably rather fast flowing at the moment.

The 'river' is a stream tributary of the Welland; it rises near Desborough and joins the main River Welland near Great Bowden.

We have lots of Monks Ways, roads or closes. I think there must have been a few local councillors with that name, for few of the locations indicate any monastic associations.

And in towns where we know there have been, lo and behold, there are no Monks Ways, except in Wellingborough where Abbotts and Monks Ways are right next to the old Croyland Abbey, so that figures.

One thing that thrills me is that for perpetuity we will always be reminded that there was once a fine convent in Northampton town centre and a chapel.

The local authority wisely named the new business area on the site Notre Dame Mews.

That certainly shows wisdom in this age of brushing everything aside.

I am amused that there is only one place that has anything indicating our ancient industry of bell making.

We had foundry works in Chacombe and Ecton as well as other places, but only one Bellfoundry Lane and that is in the centre of Kettering.

And I wonder what the wisdom was behind naming Bellropes Square in Ecton Brook.

Is there something I ought to know? Everdon is a lovely village and it has a nice long Bethel Lane.

Was there a chapel there once, I wonder? Someone will tell me.

We have Bishop's this and Vicar's that and lots of Rectory whatevers, of course, but only one Nuns Lane.

That too is in a place that, to my knowledge, has never had a convent, Long Buckby. I wait to be corrected please.

If anyone has any nice street names of any sort that have a fascination, please let me have a list.

I love names and I am just about getting used to mine!