Named after Sir Culling Eardley, a campaigner for religious freedom and one of the founders of the Evangelical Alliance. He was originally called Smith (April 21, 1805 – May 21, 1863), but in 1847 he inherited the Belvedere Estate from his cousin William Thomas Eardley-Twisleton-Fiennes, 15th Baron Saye and Sele, and changed his name in his honour. He planned a new town for which he built All Saints’ Church and a water works. He suffered from poor health in later life and died, aged 58, at Bedwell, his family seat in Hertfordshire, after suffering an adverse reaction to a smallpox vaccination.
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