Research into a recent enquiry concerning the naming of Tokio Road, which
runs between St John's and Marlborough Roads, turned up what appears to be a
possible intervention of moralistic disapproval at the beginning of the last
In February and March 1905, a Mr Arthur Warne was evidently
planning to develop land between these two roads. He submitted layout plans
to the relevant Borough Committee - Paving and Lighting - for three new
roads, and proposed for them the names of Weymouth, Tokio and Geisha, which
were agreed to by the Committee. But in May 1908, he asked its approval to a
change of name of "one of his proposed roads" from Geisha to Lansdowne Road.
This now forms the extension of Tokio Road across Marlborough Road.
can't help but wonder why one of these names of obvious Japanese association
should have been abandoned like this. Surely it couldn't have been that the
choice of the name Geisha upset the sensitivities of some of Mr Warne's
Ipswich fellow citizens? Or could it?