Initial consultation has helped to inform our strategy for the naming of streets, neighbourhoods and buildings on both the North West and West Cambridge sites, and this strategy is based on principles of natural naming.  These aspects include:

Naming after physical features of the site, drawing closely on the characteristics of their location and the existing natural landscape.

Naming after people with a strong connection with the University.

The consultation was undertaken through a SurveyMonkey questionnaire and publicised in the local press, social media and through University channels.   

New street names will also need to be accepted by the Local Authority and will be subject to a consultation process with the appropriate Ward Councillors, Emergency Services and Royal Mail primarily to avoid duplication or confusion arising from use of similar names in close proximity but also to ensure adherence to naming conventions.

The Local Authority naming conventions include the following principles:
• The use of a name, which relates to that of a living person(s), will not be adopted.
• The name of a street should not promote an active organization.
• Street names should not be difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell.
• Names that could give offence will not be used. Names that could encourage defacing of nameplates will be avoided.
• New street names will not be acceptable where they duplicate or are similar to an existing name already in use within the City.
• Street name suffixes are not always essential, but if used must be descriptive of the road e.g. “Road”, “Street” or “Drive” to indicate a thoroughfare and “Court” or “Close” to indicate a cul-de-sac.

Within the West and North West Cambridge Development, the proposed street names are as follows. Names will be paired with an appropriate suffix. 

Names listed below were approved by the University Council in 2016. 

Ayrton Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor.  She was the first female member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and was a member of Girton College.
Bradbrook Muriel Bradbrook was a British literary scholar and authority on Shakespeare, with strong connections to Girton College. 
 Cornford Frances Crofts Cornford (née Darwin; 30 March 1886 – 19 August 1960) was an English poet; She is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge
Davies Emily Davies founded the first residential institution for the higher education of women and signed the first bill for universal suffrage in the UK. She was the chief founder of Girton College.
Dobb Maurice Dobb was a British economist at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is remembered as one of the pre-eminent Marxist economists of the 20th century
Donne John Donne was an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets.  Donne was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Cambridge in 1615.
Farman Joseph Farman (1930 – 2013) led the team that discovered the hole in the ozone layer. Fellow of Corpus, on the staff of the British Antarctic Survey. Resident of Storey’s Way until his death.
Forster Edward Morgan Forster (1879 – 1970) novelist, Fellow of King’s.
Hogwood Christopher Hogwood (1941 – 2014) conductor and musicologist. Founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, Fellow of Pembroke, Honorary Professor of Music at Cambridge.
Housman Alfred Edward Housman (1859 – 1936) poet and one of the foremost classicists of his age. Professor of Latin and Fellow of Trinity.
Kaldor Nicholas Kaldor was a Cambridge economist in the post-war period. He developed the "compensation" criteria called Kaldor–Hicks efficiency for welfare comparisons (1939), derived the cobweb model, and argued for certain regularities observable in economic growth, which are called Kaldor's growth laws.
Kreisel Georg Kreisel FRS was an Austrian-born mathematical logician who studied and worked in Great Britain and America. Kreisel came from a Jewish background; his family sent him to England before the Anschluss, where he studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge
Lewis C S Lewis author and outstanding literary scholar
Marlowe Christopher Marlowe was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious early death. Marlowe attended The King's School in Canterbury (where a house is now named after him) and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he studied on a scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1584.
Meade    James Meade was a British economist and winner of the 1977 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with the Swedish economist Bertil Ohlin for their "pathbreaking contribution to the theory of international trade and international capital movements."
Murdoch  Iris Murdoch author and philosopher
Murray Joan Murray (nee Clarke) was an English cryptanalyst and numismatist best known for her work as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II, her important role in the Enigma project against Nazi Germany's secret communications earned her awards and citations such as being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1947. Clarke won a scholarship to attend Newnham College, Cambridge where she gained a double first degree in mathematics and was a Wrangler. 
Plath Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer.
Ramsey Frank Plumpton Ramsey was a precocious British philosopher, mathematician and economist who died at the age of 26. He studied mathematics at Trinity College. While studying mathematics at Trinity College, Ramsey became a student to John Maynard Keynes, and an active member in the Apostles, a Cambridge discussion group. In 1923, he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics with high honours.
Ridgeway The Ridgeway is a geo-historic line along the site which follows the trajectory of the main cycle and pedestrian route, and marks the edge of the plateau within the site. 
Robinson Joan Robinson was an accomplished British economist. She was a fellow of Girton College and the first female honorary fellow of King’s.
Scott Charlotte Angas Scott was a British mathematician who made her career in the United States and was influential in the development of American mathematics, including the mathematical education of women. Scott played an important role in Cambridge changing the rules for its famous Mathematical Tripos exam
Skeat W W Skeat was one of the fathers of medieval literary studies in this country (and also wrote a book on Cambridge place names).
Slater Lucy Slater was a mathematician and fellow of Girton College as well as being a local historian. Lucy was a former resident of Oxford Road and parishioned of the Parish of the Ascension.
Stanford Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924), distinguished composer, Professor of Music at Cambridge
Swirles Bertha Swirles was a British physicist who carried out research on quantum theory, particularly in its early days. She was associated with Girton College, as student and Fellow, for over 70 years
Widdowson  Elsie Widdowson became head of the Infant Nutrition Research Division at the Dunn Nutritional Laboratory in Cambridge in 1966. She formally retired in 1972, but continued academic research in the Department of Investigative Medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital. She was president of the Nutrition Society from 1977 to 1980, president of the Neonatal Society from 1978 to 1981, and president of the British Nutrition Foundation from 1986 to 1996. She became a Fellow of Imperial College in 1994.
Williams  David Williams was a barrister and the first full-time Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, 1989–1996.
Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951), Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity, died in a house in Storey’s Way and is buried in the Ascension Burial Ground, which abuts the North West Cambridge site.


Names below were approved by the University Council in 2014-5.

Physical features of the site:

Brook Field

Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.

Five Acres 

Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.


Based on medieval place names and archaeological findings.

Middle Field 

Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.


Based on medieval place names and archaeological findings.

Moor Dole

Le Mordole: a sub-divided block within the open field.

Pheasant Way

Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.

Pepper Dole

Peperdole: a sub-divided block within the open field. (Doles appear to have been largely situated around the perimeter of the West Fields, and probably represented relatively unproductive areas agriculturally.)

Spinney Pasture

Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.

Stickfast Place

Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.

The Avenue

A name that has been provisionally adopted by the construction team.


Name taken from a map of the farm which was located on the site.


People with a strong connection with the University (including suggestions received from the local community):

Appleton After Edward Appleton, St John's College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for discovering the Appleton Layer 1947
Aston After Francis Aston, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for work on mass spectroscopy 1922
Bragg After: William Bragg, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for analysing crystal structure using X-rays 1915 Lawrence Bragg, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for analysing crystal structure using X-rays 1915


Miles Burkitt was the first curator of the University's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, was the grandfather of Francis Burkitt, a South Cambs District Councillor and a Director of Rothschild's bank.


In 1936 Mary Cartwright became director of studies in mathematics at Girton College, and in 1938 she began work on a new project which had a major impact on the direction of her research.

Dirac After Paul Dirac, St John's College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for quantum mechanics 1933


Using this name for a road also reinforces the neighbourhood name. Sir Arthur Eddington was a Cambridge graduate, an astronomer, mathematician and physicist, whose observations confirmed some key predictions of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and led to its general acceptance. Eddington himself lived in the Gravel Hill Farmhouse for a time, and is buried in the Ascension Parish Burial Ground, adjacent to the North West Cambridge Site. "Ton" is also based on the Old English phrase ton (German root "tun"), which means enclosure, estate, or homestead, and is common in place names across the UK.

Florey After Howard Florey, Gonville and Caius College: Nobel Prize in Medicine, for the discovery of penicillin 1945


Dorothy Garrod was the first woman to be made a University Professor in Archaeology.

Hodgkin After Dorothy Hodgkin, Newnham / Girton Colleges: Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the structure of compounds used to fight anaemia 1964


Sir Joseph Hutchinson FRS was a distinguished plant breeder and formerly of St John's College and the Drapers' Professor of Agriculture. He was for many years responsible for the University Farm on which the new site is located.

Huxley After Andrew Huxley, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Medicine, for the transmission of impulses along a nerve fibre 1963
Kendrew After John Kendrew, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for determining the structure of haemoproteins 1962
Porter After George Porter, Emmanuel College: Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the study of fast Chemical reactions 1967


Professor Jean Rudduck contributed enormously to educational research; with a focus on empowering young people to contribute to their education. The emphasis on pupil voice and agency led to many initiatives by many governments to develop a sense of pupil ownership.

Ryle After Martin Ryle, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for the invention of aperture synthesis 1974
Sherrington After Charles Sherrington, Gonville and Caius College: Nobel Prize in Medicine, for work on the function of neurons 1932
Thomson After George Thomson, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for interference in crystals irradiated by electrons 1937


Alan Turing was a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, pioneering computer scientist, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

Walton After Ernest Walton, Trinity College: Nobel Prize in Physics, for using accelerated particles to study atomic nuclei 1951


Margaret Wileman, founder President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, overseeing the early stages of its transition from a graduate teacher-training college for women to a co-educational institution for graduate study.


Sir Maurice Wilkes (1913-2010) in 1949 built the first operational electronic digital stored-program computer for the University of Cambridge, the EDSAC. The department he founded, the Computer Laboratory, is located nearby on the West Cambridge site. Find out more