Double blooper for Wallis street sign

Wallis sign Riggott

Pic: Aidy Riggott/BBC

Reader John Smith has kindly sent me the link to a story about a street sign in Lancashire which is on the site in Euxton where the “bouncing bomb” was filled with explosive during the Second World War.

A local road in Buckshaw Village – built about 60 years after the war – was named after the engineer and designer, Barnes Wallis. However, for the second time in five years his name has been misspelled. The first, erected in 2016, named the road as “Barnes Wallace Way”, but was then replaced with one with the correct spelling, as can be seen in this Google screenshot, taken in 2018. 

Wallis Google screenshot

It seems now that a new sign, installed on the other side of the road and seen at the top of this post, has a different misspelling, shortening the forename to “Barns”. It was spotted by local councillor Aidy Riggott. Chorley Council have told him that a new sign would be installed “as soon as possible”.

A further local curiosity: at some point when the development of the area was going on, there must have been someone in the local Street Names Choosing Department with a sense of history. Look at the examples highlighted in the Google maps screengrab below:

Buckland Village map 900px

There are eight different Avenues, Closes, Courts and Drives given the surnames of pilots who took part in the Dams Raid – Astell, Barlow, Byers, Gibson, Hopgood, Knight, Shannon and Townsend. We don’t know for certain whether there are any misspellings of their names – let’s hope not. 

8 thoughts on “Double blooper for Wallis street sign

  1. Posh Tim March 29, 2021 / 1:49 pm


  2. Caroline Howell March 29, 2021 / 2:01 pm

    Great to have the road names for posterity. Inexcusable to spell any incorrectly.
    Pity there’s no McCarthy Way 🙂

  3. P. Charlesworth March 29, 2021 / 2:17 pm

    This mistake was probably made by someone who doesn’t even know who he was and what he did for this country

  4. Allan Hillman March 29, 2021 / 2:20 pm

    The new sign will probably be Barnes Wallis Weigh, knowing our luck ☹️

  5. Terry Kendall March 29, 2021 / 5:52 pm

    We have a Gibson Way in Porthleven correctly spelled, after all this is where Guy Gibson’s mother lived as did Guy for some of his early years.

  6. Thom Short May 2, 2021 / 3:38 am

    I noticed up to the NE there is also a Maltby Square next to Moustache Park and to the West there are a number of streets named after aircraft, like Martlet, Corsair, Hudson, Blenheim…(some could be cities but I think not in this case).

    • charlesfoster May 2, 2021 / 10:58 am

      Thanks, Thom. I missed that! –CF

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