Amoy Street, off the west side of Bedford Place, was developed in the 1850s. Compilers of local directories had difficulty with the foreign sounding name, listing it as Amour Street until 1855, when they finally got it right. Along with nearby Canton Street it was named after the Chinese ports which were much in the news during the Opium War of 1840-42. John Snook, the builder responsible for many of the houses in that area, had two sons who were involved in that war, and that may have prompted him to so name the streets.

Further reading:

More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p28-9. (HS/h)


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