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Surely it was named after the road it was on - Penns Lane - rather than a particular area? Many surviving rail stations are named after the roads they're on, as there might otherwise be dispute or confusion where they're on or close to regional boundaries (or even, when they were built, there wasn't yet any particularly close residential development and the station was built where the geographically-mandated line alignment intersected with a road that then led to a reasonable amount of sort-of-local population). Just off the top of my head, on the cross-city line we have Butler's Lane, Blake Street, Chester Road, Gravelly Hill (which is a road as well as an area, though the road in question runs in parallel a few tens of yards from the line and is accessed by a cross street), Five Ways... and various other examples on other lines.
(Qualifications for this statement? I live on a side road off Penns Lane ... near to the line ... and within a stone's throw of the ex-station. There's an overbridge carrying Penns Lane itself which has locked gates on one side that at one time would have had stairs leading down to the platforms...)
Quite how I edit this with any kind of citation, IDK. I don't fancy the cited book is going to be terribly easy to get hold of in order to double check it doesn't say something that directly contradicts this otherwise common-sense (and thus NPOV) conclusion... 184.108.40.206 (talk) 21:12, 20 April 2013 (UTC)