Lea Road, BR3

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Named in memory of Richard Lea (1747 – December 6, 1828), an early 19thCentury squire, who was a silk merchant and alderman. Lea lived at The Drive, so called after the road leading into Village Place, a mansion built by William Davis in AD1717 in the centre of the Beckenham village. When he died the estate was¬†inherited by his son-in-law, Samuel Wilson, who had married Richard’s daughter Jemima Lea.

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