Five New Areas Of London Named In Olympic Competition

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Five New Areas Of London Named In Olympic Competition

London will get five new neighbourhoods after the Olympics, all named by members of the public.

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?

Last Updated 02 August 2011