What’s in a name?

Previously known as …

A number of sections have changed their name over the years and it can sometimes be difficult to follow a report of a historic event if you don’t recognise the names. This is the list that I have compiled so far.

  • Calton (Edinburgh) was known PreWar as Taddington Moor.
  • Corkscrew (Edinburgh) was known PreWar as Jenkin Chapel.
  • Crooked Mustard (Cotswold Clouds) was known PreWar as Breakheart.
  • Darracott (Lands End) was known for the 1933 Lands End only as Gooseham.
  • Excelsior (Edinburgh) was known, PreWar, as Dirty Lane.
  • John Walker (Allen) was previously known as Hall Lane.
  • Swan Rake (Edinburgh) was known as Hollinsclough until 1937.
  • Tog Hill (Allen) was previously known as Doynton Lane (and there was also an Upper Doynton Lane that is no longer used).
  • Travers (Allen) was previously known as Ubley Drove.
One section, two names

Some sections have been known by different names when used by different clubs. This may be a quirk of history, a deliberate attempt to deceive, or both!. Here’s a list of the ones I know about.

  • Bidgood Lane (Silverton) = Port Lane (Minehead).
  • Bray Hill (Holsworthy) = High Bray (North Devon).
  • Crackington (MCC) = Mineshop (Launceston).
  • Higher Gabwell (MCC) = Higher Shells (Torbay).
  • Romansleigh (Silverton) = Oxeham (North Devon).
  • Upper Dean (MCC) = Lower Dean (Torbay).
Who were they?

A number of sections are named after people, generally someone associated with a particular club or event, and this is my attempt to pull together a list of the people so honoured. Any additional contributions welcome.

  • Alf’s Delight. Now used by Stroud&DMC for the Cotswold Clouds and Mechanics Trials. Originally used by Bristol MC&LCC (as it was then named) for the Fedden Trial in the immediate Postwar period, it was named after Alf Morrish, a stalwart of the Bristol club at the time.
  • Fred’s Folly. Now used by Stroud&DMC for the Cotswold Clouds Trial. Named after Fred Merritt, one of the organisers of the Cotswold Clouds Trial in the early 1960s.
  • John Walker. Now used by Bristol MC for the Allen Trial. Previously known as Hamswell and Hall Lane (see above), it was renamed in the late 1980s by John Hayes in honour of John Walker, a member of the Bristol club active in MCC trials at the time.
  • Travers. Now used by Bristol MC for the Allen Trial. Previously known as Ubley Drove (see above), it was renamed in the late 1980s by John Hayes in honour of Ted Travers, a member of the Bristol club active in MCC trials at the time.

Page updated : 20 January 2016