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Local Victorian luminary remembered with street name

Sign of the times: Maureen Harding (second left) with VIPs at the Shafford Meadows naming ceremony

Sign of the times: Maureen Harding (second left) with VIPs at the Shafford Meadows naming ceremony

The great-granddaughter of a Hampshire community’s Victorian leading light spoke of her pride at having a road at one of our developments named in his honour.

We’ve named Shafford Meadows after William Shafford, a farmer and land owner who was also parish clerk for Hedge End from 1898 to 1901. The street is part of our Southern region’s Millstone Copse collection of homes.

Mr Shafford’s great-granddaughter Maureen Harding was guest of honour at the ceremony and said: “I am extremely honoured that the road has been named after my great-grandfather and that our unusual family name will be remembered in the local area.

“I wasn’t aware that he was the parish clerk before now so it has been very interesting to find out more about my family history.”

Maureen was joined by several local councillors, including Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House, who added: “The council has been delighted to work with Linden Homes on this fantastic scheme of family housing.

“We are proud to have a link to Hedge End’s 19th century history and look forward to its progressive future.”

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