The pentet of place names were announced today on the Robert Elms show on BBC London radio. They are:
- Chobham Manor (North of the Athletes Village) – an old manorial name, and erstwhile work site of author Iain Sinclair, according to the opening chapters of his new book Ghost Milk.
- Eastwick (next to Hackney Wick) – named for obvious reasons. EDIT: Apparently, it’s East Wick, making the new village slightly less witchsome.
- Marshgate Wharf (next to Stratford City) – it’s marshy, but how gatey or wharfy?
- Sweetwater (next to Old Ford) – after an old sweet factory on the site, and the river Lea.
- Pudding Mill (Pudding Mill Lane area)
An appropriate and largely non-controversial selection, we reckon. Although, given our earlier post on the state of the River Lea, we have to wonder about Sweetwater. And it’s a pity they didn’t create a Walford to match the E20 postcode.
A phased reopening of the park will begin in 2013, with families moving into the new conurbations in 2015.
What do you think about London’s newest neighbourhoods?