Eynsham Drive, SE2

Place Name

Named after Eynsham Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Oxfordshire, which was founded by Æthelmær the Stout in 1005. It was closed down in 1538 by Henry VIII during his land grab against the Catholic Church, and much of the stone was acquired by the Earl of Derby to build houses in Eynsham village. Like many of the roads around here it is named after a former religious house in reference to the nearby Lesnes Abbey.


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