Bensham Lane, CR7

Place Name

Recalling the medieval area of Benchesham, the former name of the manor that covered modern day Norbury and Thornton Heath. The name itself is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is thought to mean Bynic’s homestead, after a old landowner. However it not recorded until shortly after the Norman Conquest when the property was passed to the Rochester Monastery.  A dispute over the manor in the early 12thCentury saw it mentioned in a charter of AD1145. It was recorded again as Bennechisham in AD1372 and Bensom in AD1721.

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