London Gets A Creepy New Street
The SF novel The Day of the Triffids has links to Hampstead in North London, and is set to be celebrated with a new road name, for an alley that will be opened after being shut for years.
Author John Wyndham’s 1951 book tells the story of how the ambulatory poison-spewing plants take advantage of a blinded population, and features a dramatic scene where its hero escapes a grisly end by fleeing through an alleyway in the area. The passageway is going to be named ‘Triffid Alley’.
An English professor, David Ketterer, who wrote a biography of Wyndham, identified the alley he was referring to as a walkway that runs behind a parade of shops in South End Green, near the heath. In the book, the hero is helping a group of blind people to raid a store for food. This is the Green’s Co-Op, which is now a coffee shop. The Triffids come and he escapes by climbing into the alleyway and stealing a Daimler from a garage workshop.
This suggests all kinds of other ideas for genre-related renaming of streets. All foolish genre street names welcome!