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Scutari/Marmora/Mundani/Therapia Roads - strange names

These are rather unusual street names within a small cluster, I was wondering if anyone out there knows the background to these street names.
Scutari/Marmora I suspect were named after or asscoiated with Gallipoli beaches, maybe the houses were built around the same period ?
crimean war names
thanks Woodie, I was close
Having lived in Therapia for a considerable time, I too was curious about the names, and why it is nicknamed the "Crimean Corner". I asked the same question as you on the EDF and received the following from "Marmora Man"
Hi,

Therapia is where a large, and possibly one of the first, British War cemeteries was established. I believe there were also some amphibious landings there during the same Crimean War.

I did have some pictures off both Therapia and Mundania - both were / are resorts for what was once Russia, then USSR and now, I think, Georgia. The names have changed slightly which is why a Google search tends to turn up property details in SE22 rather than Crimean references.

For my part Marmora is important because it is where Royal navy submarines first saw real action in WW1 - winning many medals including at least one VC. (I was a submariner in my youth). Being on the corner of Marmora & Scutari makes a good story as my wife is a Nightingale Nurse - so we have links to both names. Thanks for the aforementioned to "Marmora Man"
good history stuff here - but it doesn't explain why a corner of ED is associated with the crimea. the houses are 20's ish and the names don't roll of the toungue of surburbanites. the whim of a local council employee?
The principal houses are Victorian and date from 1880's - and thus the Crimean War would have been fresh in people's minds. Who knows, perhaps the builder / speculator took part in the war?

The 1920's houses are all on extensions of the original roads.
I was told that Therapia Road was built in 1897 and the others presumably at the same/similar time. The houses were built for a regiment with strong connections with the Crimean war (perhaps they won colours there??). The 1920's end of the Road was the stables for that regiment at the time the Victorian part of the road were built. No idea what the evidence for this is but just passing on what I heard.
Thanks Trinity. I live on Therapia road. Very interesting.
Or this which mentions both Therapia and Scutari....and the Sea of Marmara (not sure if this relates to Marmora Road)?

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very very topical!
Thanks for the info, folks. I lived on Therapia from 1995-2011, and though I was told the names came from some war or other, I never had any specific info, so this is great to know :-)
Any thoughts on how Therapia should be pronounced? We've called it TherAIpia for the last twenty years. But should it be TherapIa if it's derived from Tarabya? Maybe the people in the Turkish shop will know.
FredCasa Wrote:

Any thoughts on how Therapia should be pronounced?
We've called it TherAIpia for the last twenty
years. But should it be TherapIa if it's derived
from Tarabya? Maybe the people in the Turkish shop
will know.

I'd love to know the answer to this, I grew up on FHRoad and delivered newspapers to all of these roads. Like you, we always called it The-raypia Road, then I worked in a builders where they called it Thera-pia. Have always wondered which was true.
And for that matter... mundaHnia or mundane- ia?
Mundane-ia I reckon :-)
As far as I can make out this is not true. It would be very unusual for houses such as the ones on Therapia Road to be built for a regiment - even for the officers of a very smart regiment! There is also no evidence of any stables being present at the end of the road. There is certainly a connection with the Crimea - perhaps whoever built the houses had some connection?
Marmora Rd House built in 1880. Lived here 30 odd years and 1st time heard of the block being referred to as Crimean Corner was in the Evning Standard a few months ago.
Yeah - my grandad fought in the Crimean war - RSM 5th Royal Huzzars - horse trainer for a short while at those stables

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