Pauline and John ask:
Any idea how Colomb Street came by its name?, I lived there for 26 years and never did find out.
The Phantom replies:
I don’t know for sure, no. The little ‘What’s in a Name’ book only covers streets named after local councillors, not weird-named older roads.
But I do have a couple of theories. Not a very good theories, but it’s the best I can come up with at the moment.
Sir John Charles Ready Colomb is my first thought. He was a naval strategist, born in 1838, died 1909, and he went to the Royal Naval College, but apart from that I can’t see any connection he has with Greenwich. And he seems a little ‘young’ for the name – I don’t know the street’s age but I’ll wager it’s older than any reason people might have for naming it after him.
His older brother, Vice-Admiral Philip Howard Colomb, (1831-1899) is another contender, also being a naval man. Their father, Major General George Thomas Colomb was an amateur artist and member of the Royal Academy, but I’m not sure I buy him for the street name either.
Actually, at the end of that lot, I still don’t have a clue.
Over to you chaps.