Named after William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland (April 3, 1745 – May 28, 1814) who retired to Beckenham after serving as a diplomat and MP between AD1774 to AD1793. The subantarctic Auckland Islands group to the south of New Zealand, which were discovered in AD1806, were named after him. During his time in Beckenham, he continued his friendship with William Pitt the Younger, the former Prime Minister, his nearest neighbour at Holwood House, who at one time had thoughts of marrying his daughter. Eden Park, his mansion, stood on the present site of Crease Park.
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