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Where the name ‘Bassett Avenue’ might come from

Where the name ‘Bassett Avenue’ might come from…
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Streetwatch : Next section of Bassett Avenue
BASSETT AVENUE. Bassett was formerly a part of part of North Stoneham. The name may derive from a family name (a Bassett family is known to have been in South Stoneham in the early 15th century) or from the Old French word for an outcrop of land. In the early 19th century, the area was still part of North Stoneham Common, and predominantly rural heath and woodlands. Development occurred from 1850, and the area was converted into a garden suburb, for affluent families wishing to escape the urban centre. The plans were conceived by John Fleming, owner of the Stoneham estates, and drawn up by London architect Robert Hesketh. Over the next few decades, the streets were laid out and a number of large villas built, including Ridgemount, Chetwynd, Glen Eyre and Bassett Wood. Some of these houses are recalled by modern street names.