Named in 1952 after clergyman and poet Nathaniel Wanley (1622-1680). Robert Browning’s Pied Pieper of Hamelin is based on one of Wanley’s books. One of a group of roads on the Champion Hill Estate, named after friends or connections of the Camberwell-born poet Robert Browning (1812-1889), although oddly not including one named after Browning himself. The others are Arnould Avenue, Domett Close, Dowson Close and Moncler Close.