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Graham Gould, Australian House Nameplate supplier and house name expert, on his house name and signs website www.grahamgould.com:

‘Australians tend to put a humorous spin on the (house) naming tradition’

‘A house without a name is a house without a soul’.

‘Real Estate Agents can market your house using its name rather than the address, which often improves the chances of a sale’.

Joyce Miles in her book ‘Owl’s Hoot - How People Name Their Houses’  Published by John Murray.

‘A house name can reveal the owner’s hobbies, interests and occasionally a whole lot more. My favourite is ‘Smockfarthing’ a reference to a tax that used to be paid once a year to the church
for candles and incense, and also ‘Barley Pightle’, a name with agricultural origins.’ 

‘House names are fun and instructive. They reveal history, reflect taste and betray origins.’

At the time of the Halifax Building Society’s first House Name survey in 1988, the Society’s Chief Executive at the time, John Spalding, commenting on the survey findings said:

‘It is easy to gain an impression of a Britain unspoilt by the coarser aspects of ‘progress’, of an ideal snapshot of lazy July afternoons in comfortable suburban sanctuaries. Rather a nice thought at a time of frosts and damp murky winterdays. Clearly the home taps something deep and timeless within the British character.’

Extract from the manager of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson’s autobiography ‘Managing My Life’, published by Coronet Books, ISBN 0-340-72856-6, about the house he has named ‘Fairfield’ :

'I am sure that any success I have had in handling men, and especially in creating a culture of loyalty and commitment in teams I have managed, owes much to my upbringing among the working men of Clydeside. Strangers are liable to think our house in Wilmslow is called ‘Fairfield’ to strike a rustic note in suburban Cheshire. But it was at the Fairfield shipyard that Dad and (brother) Martin worked and I had the same reason for choosing the name I did for registering my first racehorse as ‘Queensland Star’, which was a ship my father helped to build. I like plenty of echoes of Govan around me.’ 

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