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I’m mainly interested in why there are no apostrophes in this name. If Butts refers to archery, then why not “King’s Butts” or “Kings’ Butts”? Are apostrophes commonly omitted in historical London street names? Or does Kings refer to an area and “Kings” is acting as an adjective?

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    London is inconsistent with the use of apostrophes in place names but modern street signage usually omits them. In the case of Kings Butts, the nearby Archery Road, Strongbow Road and Strongbow Crescent suggest that a town-planner had a bit of a theme going so it's not necessarily a historic name. – Steve Bird Dec 24 '19 at 1:06
  • Near me is St Pauls in Bristol. You see St Pauls and St Paul's on official notices and signs of differing ages, and in official documents. – Michael Harvey Dec 24 '19 at 10:28
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    A 'butts' was a field used for practising archery. In that location in Eltham, there used to be a large royal palace, Eltham Palace, built for Edward IV and later occupied by the young Henry VIII. There are other streets with palace-related names in that vicinity. – Michael Harvey Dec 24 '19 at 10:29

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