This site has now been renamed: Chandler’s Ford Today. When the site was set up in March 2013, the domain name was Eastleighnet.
Please note that this site will use the spelling Chandler’s Ford consistently. Chandler is a singular noun, so it has to be followed by an apostrophe plus s to show possession.
You only have to walk down Hursley Road to the Central Precinct Of Chandler’s Ford to find two spellings: Chandlers Ford; Chandler’s Ford.
I took these pictures on the 4th of February 2014:
Here are more examples from yesterday’s post. Chandler’s Ford people are confused.
Now let me update the list above:
Chandler’s Ford: St. Boniface Church; traffic signpost at the Chandler’s Ford Central Precinct, Chandler’s Ford Library, Chandler’s Ford Train Station, Chandler’s Ford Infant School, Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church Coffee Room.
Chandlers Ford: Chandlers Ford Central Club, bus stop signs, Chandlers Ford Community Association, Nigel Guilder Funeral Directors, Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford & Itchen Valley, The Mall Shopping Centre, Chandlers Ford Snooker Club, Chandlers Ford Age Concern Centre.
Significantly, Chandler’s Ford Parish Council uses an apostrophe plus s.
Local historian Barbara Hillier also keeps the apostrophe for her books.
Some organisations do not make up their minds and they use both Chandler’s Ford and Chandlers Ford. The most obvious example is Chandlers Ford Methodist Church.
On the outside wall of the church and the large noticeboard, Methodist Church uses Chandlers Ford.
On another blue display board (currently with Slimming World advert underneath it), and the Coffee Room, the Methodist Church uses Chandler’s Ford.
Result: I received 11 votes in a few hours. Some of the votes were high quality votes filled with comments. Ten people asked me to keep Chandler’s Ford. Only one person voted for Chandlers Ford. This voter did not leave his comment.
The Chandler’s Ford Debate of the Apostrophe
The first comment before 8am came from Jackie Porter, Liberal Democrat Councillor and prospective MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford. Jackie is passionate about Chandler’s Ford, and she also blogged about my survey in her Should we keep the Apostrophe? post.
“The use of apostrophes seems to be fading – but it is a unique feature of the English language. No other European country has it as far as I know – so keep it please!”
By Jackie Porter
The votes were anonymous. Below here are the comments left by other voters:
“It is correct English, there are not numerous Chandlers!”
“Use of the apostrophe should be defended. We are already besieged on all sides by corrupted “English” versions of our mother tongue. Dreadful liberties have been taken with our language and there are those on the other side of the pond who would doubtless pat themselves on the back with hearty, self-congratulatory cheer if they could somehow infect us with their interpretations – theater, color, aluminum . . . . good grief!”
“We must stand united and defend our proud heritage, not least, the beleaguered apostrophe!”
“With the apostrophe it tells the history of Chandler’s Ford.”
“About 15 years ago, Eastleigh Council decided to put in the apostrophe. The historical basis for this was tenuous. I can’t remember exactly, but I think there was supposed to be a chandlers or caundlers business or farm roughly where the Central Precinct is today. It always seemed unlikely to me that there was a chandlery business located up a small, non-navigable waterway! It could have been a caundlers which I think was associated with making candles. Or it could just have been the farmer’s name, which would justify the possessive apostrophe. If Chandlers Ford = the ford by/belonging to the chandlers, the apostrophe should, in my opinion, go after the s, if anywhere! Local Councillor John L Caldwell may know more about this.”
“It is stupid not using the apostrophe for Chandler.”
The comments above informed me that it would be unwise to drop the apostrophe for Chandler’s Ford on this site. Actually, my future, reputation, and integrity depend on this punctuation mark. Here is the most passionate message, which was sent to my email:
“Use of the apostrophe is grammatically correct and is a sign of a well-educated individual. It is pure class.
Drop it at your P E R I L !!!!!”
Resident of Chandler’s Ford
This website Chandler’s Ford Today is for the Chandler’s Ford Community. Now you have made the choice for me. Thank you for your passion. Thank you for enlightening me and the readers. Thank you for taking part in creating this community website together. In my next posts, I’ll tell you stories of the creation of this site, and the wonderful people behind Chandler’s Ford Today.
- Chandler’s Ford Today For Chandler’s Ford Community
- Is Chandler’s Ford A Jaguar? Meet Roger Clark.
- Neil Duddridge: The Man Behind Chandler’s Ford Today (With Huskies)
- Lib Dem Joined The Apostrophe Debate of Chandler’s Ford
- Chandler’s Ford Or Chandlers Ford? You Choose.
- Does Spelling Matter? Notes On Chandler’s Ford Library.
- How I love Your Comments