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Eden Park was part of Langley. There were three farms close together, which are easy to confuse. Eden farm was the name given to the land leased by the Eden family where Crease Park is today. Eden Park Farm was where Stanhope Grove joins Upper Elmers End Rd.
Formerly called Elmers End farm, it was part of Eden farm, all owned in 1838 by John Woolley. Close by, opposite number 415 Upper Elmers Rd, was the north lodge of Park Farm built in the 1840s when it was the property of Samuel Jones Loyd. It was later called Monks Orchard lodge when Samuel’s cousin, Lewis Loyd built his mansion where the Bethlem site is today. Finally, to confuse us further, the mansion built on Eden farm became Eden Park, the eventual name for the whole area.
The bailiff’s house across the road from Eden Park farm was known from 1881 as Holly Lodge. At about this time, the frontage of Holly Lodge was built out to form the building seen in the 1920 sales brochure for the Monks Orchard estate. It became Eden Park School, formerly Holly Lodge School and was demolished in 2003 in spite of its history to make way for Asprey Mews.
You can still see the south lodge of Park farm as you approach West Wickham from Shirley, a small white building with columns, on the left-hand side of the road. The north lodge was taken down in 1933 when Lodge Gardens, Holly Crescent and Eden Way were built.
The name Eden comes from Sir Robert Eden created baronet in 1672. He was the ancestor of the much-respected politician, Sir Anthony Eden (1897-1877), foreign secretary and Prime Minister 1955-57 who became Lord Avon. Thus we have Eden Park Avenue, South Eden Park Rd, Eden Way, Eden Rd and Stanhope Grove from a family who married into the Edens. There were also also Eden Cottage and Eden Lodge off South Eden Park Rd but neither survives today.
It was William Eden, 1744-1814, who leased land in Beckenham from Peter Burrell in about 1782.
William’s brother, Robert, Governor of Maryland, was the great, great grandfather of Sir Anthony Eden. Letters written by William to Robert showed that the brothers did not agree politically and that Robert’s sympathies lay with the colonists. When Robert died in 1784, he was buried in Annapolis, Maryland.