Galloway based Raiders know Criffel as the hill overlooking the Solway. However, in recent communication with someone I noted ‘Criffel Avenue’ in their street address in London. A bit of exploration and here’s the start of a connection:
Telford Park Estate, a piece of land originally owned by a tobacco merchant who gifted it to his sister and her husband, Charles Telford. When the Telford family died out, the estate passed to a close relative, Martin Stewart of Kirkcudbright. Stewart granted building rights to two developers who engaged the architect E. J. Tarver, a well-established designer of churches and stately homes and former President of the Architectural Assn. The Telford Park Estate consists of Telford Avenue, Criffel Avenue, Killieser Avenue and Kirkstall Road, laid out 1877-81, and Criffel, Killieser and Kirkstall are all named after lands on Stewart’s Scottish estate.
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