New Rugby development to honour radio station’s history

Streets at a new housing development in Rugby are being named in honour of the first transatlantic call.

Davidsons Homes is building 250 new homes on the site of the former Rugby Radio Station. The development, known as Dollman Meadow, is the first phase of a wider community, called Houlton.

Several street names at the new development have been inspired by the first transatlantic call, which was sent from Rugby Radio Station in 1927 to Houlton, Maine, USA.

Houlton Way will run the length of the development and takes its inspiration from the American city, Houlton, while Maine Street, named after the American state, will cross the width of the site.

Wroughton Drive, which is being built off Maine Street, refers to a return leg of the conversation and was received by a small station in Wroughton, Swindon.

Stephanie King, Sales Director at Davidsons Homes, said: “We’re very privileged to be building on such a historic site- the location for the first radio transmission across the Atlantic.

“And as such we wanted to make sure our development pays homage to the site’s past glory. Our street names are inspired by the places which helped establish Rugby as a communications powerhouse in the early 20th century. We feel this is a fitting way to preserve the legacy of the site.

“As a company, we work hard to meet the growing demand for housing across the Midlands. Since we’ve started building in Rugby, we’ve been inundated with enquiries about homes here and already completed five sales.”

When complete, the Houlton development will comprise 6,200 new homes, three primary schools, a secondary school, a GP health centre, 31 hectares of employment space and 299 hectares of open space.

The new street names have also been named after locations in Rugby, including Dollman Road, which relates to farmland Davidsons Homes is building on, Station Avenue, and St Gabriel’s Way- named after the patron saint of communications.

For more information about the homes at Dollman Meadow, visit www.davidsonshomes.co.uk