Chorley town centre alley to retain historic name

SIGNING IN: Councillor Snape at the plans' sign
SIGNING IN: Councillor Snape at the plans' sign
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A town centre alley is to retain its historic name.

The passage, which connects Market Street and Peter Street in Chorley, is to receive the new signage Theatre Walk.

I realise that the alley is known locally as Peter Wink and that people are keen to keep the name even though it’s not listed as such on any historical maps.

Councillor Bradley

However, its traditional name - Peter Wink - is to be kept and will be depicted in a street name plaque on the wall at both ends.

And an accompanying information point will be located at the Peter Street end to explain the origins of Peter Wink.

It follows the intervention of independent councillor Ralph Snape who urged Chorley Council leader Alistair Bradley to retain the old name.

As part of the alley’s refurbishment scheme, Theatre Walk - Chorley Little Theatre is just yards away on Dole Lane - will be depicted in metal fretwork at high level at the Market Street end.

The wording Theatre Walk and All The World’s a Stage will be depicted in the floor at both ends.

Councillor Bradley said: “I think it’s right that the sign over the alley and fronting Market Street says ‘Theatre Walk’ so it is obviously signposting people towards the theatre, and is part of our efforts to promote the entertainment economy of Chorley.”

He added: “However, I realise that the alley is known locally as Peter Wink and that people are keen to keep the name even though it’s not listed as such on any historical maps.

“So, Peter Wink will be on street name plaques on the wall at both ends of the alley and an information notice will be located at the Peter Street end to explain the origins of the name Peter Wink.

“If any readers know of its origins, please get in touch with the council or Ralph.”

Councillor Snape said: “I’m happy. It’s not everything I wanted, but I’m okay to compromise as long as Peter Wink is on at both ends which they have agreed.

“To me, it’s part of Chorley’s heritage and many, many people I’ve talked to have agreed with me.”

However, just to confuse matters, a sign currently on the alley wall explaining the plans, incorrectly calls it Peter Nook!

Councillor Snape said: “I have no idea why or whoever suggested it.

“But whoever thought of it certainly doesn’t know much about the history of Chorley.”