THIS week I thought I’d highlight something that’s often forgotten and sometimes downright ignored… The apostrophe in Smith’s Wood.
Yes the sprawling wood that once stood on the housing estate belonged to a man named Smith. Or possibly someone who was a smith. One way or another, I’ve lost count of the amount of times that the apostrophe has gone missing.
From signs and websites and even documents put out by official bodies like the council. In fact I even asked a few years ago if there were plans afoot to follow
policy and roll out a blanket ban on the punctuation mark being painted on
Perhaps I sound pedantic, but let’s not forget how easily the Norton was taken from the King or how the Acocks family were robbed of their Green. Make no mistake that the same could happen in Smith’s Wood.