Villa Street was to be called Bannister Street at first. The name was changed when the road in the centre of town was called Bannister Street. The man it was named after, Henry Bannister, was a member of the Masterton Borough Council at the time, and had been living in the southern end of Villa Street for a period.
The new name was given because there was an attractive villa, perhaps Bannister’s, in the street.
Pic: Henry Bannister's house is said to have given its name to Villa Street.