It’s all in the name at Bellway homes’ Williamson Place

In a nod to Edge Hill’s history, Bellway Homes hosted an exclusive naming ceremony at its Williamson Place development, attended by special guest Sir Alan Waterworth.

One of the roads at Williamson Place has been named ‘Waterworth Drive’ as a lasting tribute to the Waterworth family, who were major employers in Liverpool.

Sir Alan Waterworth’s grandfather opened his first Waterworth Greengrocers shop at 115 Wavertree Road 120 years ago, where Williamson Place is now situated. During World War One, the company’s office and warehouse moved to nearby Durning Road where they remained for the life of the business.

Bellway Homes was made aware of the road’s heritage by Williamson Place resident Marion Browne, 76, who used to work for Waterworth Greengrocers and who suggested Waterworth Drive to Bellway Homes.

Sir Alan Waterworth, 80, the former Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, comments: “I am thrilled that Bellway Homes has named a road at Williamson Place Waterworth Drive. It is a very appropriate name due to the location of the development and the association with Waterworth Greengrocers, where many residents worked.

“It was a pleasure to attend the naming ceremony and I am incredibly proud that the Waterworth family will remain a permanent fixture on Wavertree Road.”

A second Williamson Place resident, Norma Lee, Chair of Edge Hill Housing and Focus Issue Group, also put forward the name ‘Lybro Way’ for a road within the development. Norma, 75, worked at the Lybro Factory from the age of 15. Born and bred in Edge Hill , she believed the name was a fitting tribute to the well known Liverpool landmark.

Norma says: “There are lots of local residents who, like me, have lived in these streets for decades. Bellway Homes’ Williamson Place development has transformed the area for the better and as such, many residents have chosen to continue living here.

“We are delighted that Bellway Homes has taken on board our suggestions for Williamson Place, and it is wonderful to see the development taking shape with the road names now in situ. The region has a rich history and we are grateful that this can be remembered, and indeed celebrated at Williamson Place.”

Jenny Bell, divisional sales manager at Bellway Homes, comments: “Williamson Place is a bespoke regeneration project and while the homes we are building are transforming the area, we were pleased to ensure the history of Edge Hill was incorporated into the plans.

“The road names suggested reflect the associations many of the local residents have with the region and it is wonderful to have such a strong community spirit at Williamson Place.”

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “The Williamson Place scheme is creating a bright future for Edge Hill. But it’s important that we remember the area’s past and the people who have helped shape the community over the years.

“It’s fantastic that local residents continue to play a central role in this development and are coming forward with names which they think have a special place in the area’s history. The Waterworth family has played an integral role in the community for many years and they are deserving recipients of this special tribute.”

Williamson Place is part of a wider regeneration project with Liverpool City Council, and comprises 168 properties, including a range of two, three and four bedroom homes.

Prices at Williamson Place start from £123,995. For more information or to arrange a viewing of the showhomes, please call our sales and marketing suite on 0151 261 1623 or visit www.bellway.co.uk.

Just a short drive from Liverpool city centre and with easy access to the M62, Williamson Place is a popular development with a broad spectrum of buyer.