Place Name: Bancroft Close
Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1992)
Name Origins: Commemorative
English: locative name from one or more of the numerous places so called, such as Bancroft in Hamstall Ridware and a lost Bancroft in Wolstanton (both Staffs), a lost Bancroft in Harewood (WR Yorks), Bancroft in Etwall and a lost Banecroft in Rowsley (both Derbys), Bancroft Field in Soham (Cambs), and a lost Bancroft in Mere (Cheshire).
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
The musician and composer Hugh Henry Bancroft (1904-1988) was born in England and came to Canada in 1929, moving to Edmonton in 1958. He was an accomplished church organist and a composer of international repute. For 22 years, until his retirement in 1980, Bancroft was the organist at All Saints Anglican Cathedral. During his career he worked in Canada, Australia, the United States and the Bahamas. In 1977 the Archbishop of Canterbury awarded Bancroft Britain's highest honour for organists, the Lambeth Degree. In 1980 Bancroft received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Bancroft Close is in the Breckenridge Greens neighbourhood.
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