When I drove cab for Boston Cab I was told that the cross streets of back bay were named after the Earls of England. Later I realized that the names extend further on the far side of Mass Ave., so I thought there were more than the original eight. Here they are:

Arlington
Berkeley
Clarendon
Dartmouth
Exeter
Fairfield
Gloucester
Hereford
(Mass Ave)
Ipswich
Jersey
Kilmarnock

Recently I’ve been able to extend even further with these:

Longwood
Marlborough
Newbury
(Oliver – a street downtown, but it doesn’t really fit…)
Peterborough
Queensbury
Roxbury
(Salisbury – a street in Watertown, not fair, really – perhaps we should go with Staniford which IS in Boston)
Tremont
Union Park
Vanderbilt
Wigglesworth
(X-Ray – well, no, there is none! Although there is an Electric Avenue…)
Yarmouth
Ziegler

An impressive list!

I looked up the Earls of England, and there are a LOT of them. However very few match any of these names, not even the original 8 in Back Bay. They’re mostly names of towns in England. So it’s a nice story (and the streets in Back Bay ARE alphabetical) but there’s no reality there!

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