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Newark sportspeople may have their stamp on the town cemented at housing development off Bowbridge Road

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Notable Newark sportspeople may have their stamp on the town cemented at a new housing development.

A list of people with sporting connections to the town has been compiled as suggestions for road names at the build on land off Bowbridge Road.

A sport topic has been chosen because the development is next to the Sports and Fitness Centre, which is on Lord Hawke Way — purposely named after a Newark cricketer.

Building site on Bowbridge Road. (44111500)
Building site on Bowbridge Road. (44111500)

Of the housing development, there will be six streets.

Members of a town planning meeting said it was always difficult coming up with names, but that the sporting links to Newark had to be strong.

Councillor David Lloyd put forward several names he believed had relevance, some more than others.

Newark and Sherwood District Council leader David Lloyd.
Newark and Sherwood District Council leader David Lloyd.

These included:

William Henry 'Dusty' Hare: Newark and national rugby player — also attended Magnus Grammar School

George William 'Willie' Hall: Born in Newark and went on to be a footballer for Notts County, Tottenham Hotspur and England during the 1930s

Richard 'Dicky' Dwyer: Newark Athletics Club founder and former head at the Magnus — also involved in rugby

Godfrey Tallent: Newark Rowing Club founder and former mayor

William Becher Tidd Pratt: Built The Stadium and ran football schools in the area for a long time

Harry Paulson: Famous Newark boxer who sustained 100 rounds against multiple opponents in 1856

Mary King: An Olympic award-winning equestrian from Newark

Member Mathew Skinner also came up with a few.

"These are people that are connected predominantly with football in Newark, the Newark Football Alliance, and what was the youth league in the 70s and 80s," he said.

"They are Keith Cartledge, who was the president of Newark Football alliance for maybe 40 years. John Crampton who was chairman and also of Nottinghamshire Football Association.

"Another person with the last name Hazard, but I've yet to get more information on that."

Councillor Laurence Goff.
Councillor Laurence Goff.

Fellow member Lawrence Goff said he was disappointed Newark war hero Jim Auton’s name wasn’t being put forward.

Mr Lloyd said the first port of call was to establish if these people are alive, and to seek their permission if they were.

Names Hare, Hall, Dwyer, Tallent, Pratt, Paulson, King and Hazard were put forward to the developer as suggestions.

The committee decided it would work with Newark Archaeological and Local History Society and Newark Civic Trust to commission a general list of names for when a street needs one.

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