Ms. Shelley S. House
55 Blogger Street
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and you would add USA at the bottom if sending it from abroad. If I wanted to be posh here in Britain, I'd try to eek it out:
Mrs. Shelley S. House,
The Brick House,
55, Snooty Lane,
Actually, I think you lose points if you have to put a house number and street name, but you can probably only get away with this if you live in The Vicarage, The Old Rectory or The Old Post Office in some tiny rural crossroads, in which case you would chock up loads of prestige points for
(a) being rural and (b) having a landmark house. The post office has rules about all this these days, though. You can name your house whatever you like but it still has to have a number and a street name.
More frequently, though, the houses here with names are more like The Cottage, or Sunniside, Tyne View or something house, which is particularly boring. I do think that having an older house with the name engraved on the stonework above the door gives a bit more authority to this convention, but it would never occur to me to get one of those little ceramic plaques for the front wall.
I was doing some filing and realised I was just going to have to remove some material before more could go in. One of the fatter folders contained the paperwork for my house that the mortgage company handed me when I paid them off. (Yes, I know it should be in a bank deposit box somewhere, not in my filing cabinet.) I'd never looked through the file before, but I opened the plastic package and found the original sale of the property by the Duke of Northumberland (I believe it will have been the 8th Duke) and learned the names of the builders. The early deeds are written on large, folded sheets of stiff paper with fountain pen and give the street and town of the purchasers, ie Mrs. Ellen Purchase, formerly of Saltview, Gateshead, and the like. The house was built in 1920 as I've always known. What I didn't know was that it was given a name at birth, so to speak. It was christened Seaholme.
'Holme' is apparently a Danish word for 'island'. Trust me to find a Sea Island in the North Sea. There is a suburb with this name in Melbourne, AU; also a company in the UK that rents marquees; and we are twinned with a holiday cottage for rent in Rye, on the SE coast of England. The rest of the internet listings have dropped the final 'e' and I'm just not having it.
Personally, I want it to be crystal clear to the emergency services precisely where they can find my house if I need them. However, I've been weighing up whether and where I might display the name, given I have no stone work over my front door. I've seen some names painted or written in leaded glass work in the window above front doors, but on the whole, I'm leaning towards continuing in anonymity, at least until I get my next set of address labels printed - or maybe I should add it to the name of this blog!? Yes, I still think naming houses is rather silly, but this is a fun finding anyhow. Must remember to check with the neighbours about their house names - none are displayed in our immediate vicinity - as I'm pretty certain they will all have been given names when they were built.
If you want to think up a name for your house - where ever it is, here are some tips to get you started.