Phoenix Street was named after the Phoenix Foundry, it was run by Edmund Sharpe, an architect and entrepreneur, for a period in the 1850s. It made railway rolling stock in the 1840s and 1850s as well as castings and steam engines. The site of the foundry is now occupied by a retail park.
Phoenix Street was the location of one of several territorial headquarters in Lancaster for local volunteer militia, the building later became the home of 5th Battalion KO in 1908.
The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to oppose Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The original Order was created in the 1970s. It was formed after Voldemort returned to England from abroad with the intention to take over the Ministry of Magic. The Order worked with the Ministry to oppose the Dark Lord and his followers, they played a crucial role in the First Wizarding War. Their first significant victory came in 1981, with Voldemort’s first defeat at the hands of Harry Potter. But the victory came with the highest cost for many of their members.
The Order disbanded until 1995 when Harry Potter informed Dumbledore of Lord Voldemort’s return.
Let us not forget to mention good old Fawkes, Dumbledore’s faithful animal companion. Phoenix are immortal birds; they die in flames and are reborn from the ashes.
“Fascinating creatures, phoenixes. They can carry immensely heavy loads, their tears have healing powers and they make highly faithful pets.”