Townsend or not Townsend?

Townsend proper
Townsend

I know names change over time in our village, Back Road became Back Lane for instance, at the request of some of the residents, and that’s as it should be. But I don’t recall anyone requesting a change to Townsend, and yet when new street signs were erected some years ago Townsend had suddenly lengthened.

This annoyed me at the time but it was brought home to me again this week when number 29 was put up for sale, as the particulars describe it as 29 Townsend. To me, and according to the historical facts, 29 is not in Townsend.

50 years of Chitterne censuses from 1861  to 1911 all show Townsend as stretching from number 1 to number 25. Whereas, from Chitterne Lodge, the road is either named High Street, or left unnamed.

Not Townsend, number 29 on the right beyond the wall
Not Townsend, number 29 on the right beyond the wall

Are we to accept name changes in our village at the whim of an outsider? Rant over, just had to get this off my chest, but let me know what you think!

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Townsend or not Townsend?

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