Kirby Close, IG10


One of a cluster of local streets named after Essex towns and villages: Kirby Close, Thaxted Road, Blackmore Road, Pentlow Way, Greensted Road, Roydon Close, Felstead Road, Danbury Road, Boxted Close. This either refers to the village of Kirby Cross, or the village Kirby-le-Soken, both in Tendring district. The word Kirby is formed from two words of Norse and possibly Norse/Saxon origin; first Kirk, meaning Church, and By, whose origin could either be Norse or Anglo-Saxon, meaning settlement. Local historians suggest the name implies that Viking raiders arrived to find an established community centred on the church and stayed long enough to leave their mark. The street itself was laid out in the second half of the 20thCentury.

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