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Old 06-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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What do you call this?

http://i48.tinypic.com/29atw1z.jpg

It's the arch-shaped hole between 2 adjacent terraced houses that leads into the back gardens. It's private property (shared by the 2 houses), so alleyway or ginnel doesn't seem to fit.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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"Passageway" would be one usable term, at least in American English. Whether or not it's used in the UK, I couldn't say.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #5
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We call it a jitty, but I think that must be a Yorkshire term because nobody else on the internet seems to know what I'm going on about.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:11 PM   #6
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Passage, path, alley, walkway... either of them, with the word "private" just before it if that's an important distinction to make.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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I like passage.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:03 PM   #8
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Passage works for me, too.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:42 PM   #9
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
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Covered walkway?
I like "walkway", but around here there would need to be a further description of the building "archway" for the reader to get the idea.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:54 PM   #11
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Passage or passageway is what I would call it. I recall that my Nan had one at the rear of her house that was always referred to as the back passage (honest!).
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:42 AM   #12
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See, for questions like this, I'd try http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/ for no other reason than it's a huge forum with very active general discussion and advice forums. It's where I go for all my Big Brother flame wars, but it's also full of civilized discourse.

Post a query like, "Advice on architectural term" and there will be a dozen architects reading it.

You can't post pictures directly in the forum though, so you'd need to link to it. (edit: weird - I was sure you posted a picture.)
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:40 PM   #13
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Couldn't it be a Mews as well? Wikipedia mentions that it can be
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sometimes applied to rows or groups of garages or, more broadly, to a narrow passage or a confined place.
and if the space is as you describe I'd think Mews would fit even though it's not a stable or other such space, just due to the fact it is a passageway.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:47 PM   #14
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Couldn't it be a Mews as well? Wikipedia mentions that it can be and if the space is as you describe I'd think Mews would fit even though it's not a stable or other such space, just due to the fact it is a passageway.
Here in the UK, I do not believe that such a passageway would ever be called a Mews.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:48 PM   #15
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I agree that passageway seems most appropriate. We use "jitty" here in the Midlands, but in our case it refers to a narrow unpaved lane, so there could be confusion in the wider world if you called it that.
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