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The name arises from Army barracks originally located on the site, Granby Square
barracks. Now long gone, the barracks were constructed c1757 and named after Lieutenant
General John Manners who became the Marquis of Granby. One hundred years later they
were updated and became known as the New Granby barracks - c1860s.
Another century later, during the 1960s, the army vacated the plot, all but one
of their buildings were demolished, and subsequently residential flats were built
upon the site. The name Granby lives on in several street names within the area. One of the current residents living at Granby was previously sited there as a soldier, when the barracks were still in use - so the name and its historical roots is still within living memory.
Immediately adjacent and to the west of the original Granby Square barracks was Marlborough Square
barracks, constructed around the same time, c1757. These barracks were named after
John Churchill the Earl of Marlborough. Two streets in that location retain for Devonport the historic
name of Marlborough, see below, and we group these, along with the others below,
as all falling within the general area known locally as 'Granby'.
Note: Granby is not a postal address, nor is it documented on legal papers as such, it is local name, cultural to Devonport only.
Listing of streets in the 'Granby' area of Devonport ...
Marlborough Street, and the Marlborough Street Directory
Morice Square Lane
St Aubyn Road
St Nazaire Close
St Nazaire Approach