Malmains Close, BR3

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Named after the Malmains family who held the seat of the Langley Park estate, which was originally owned by Bishop Odo, half-brother of William the Conqueror. The land was seized by the crown in AD1083 following the bishop’s arrest and imprisonment as he planned a military expedition to Rome, possibly in a bid to become Pope. John de Malmaines, whose family hailed from Waldershare, near Dover, was granted a Charter by Edward II to hunt game on his lands at Begenham in the 14thCentury. The charter of “free warren” was renewed to Henry Malmaines, by Edward III. This street, like others nearby, is named after former owners of the Langley Park estate which had fallen vacant by the start of the 20thCentury. By AD1910 the estate was purchase by H & G Taylor Builders who began developing the land. They originally kept the mansion as the club house to their new golf club but it was later destroyed by fire.

 

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