Finchdale Road, SE2

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Named after Finchdale Priory, in County Durham, which was founded in the 13thCentury following the death of St Godric of Finchdale in 1170. The Benedictine priory took more than a century to complete and included a hospitium (guest house). It was closed down during the dissolution of the lesser monasteries under Henry VIII in 1536. This road like many of the surrounding ones in the area is named after a former religious house in reference to the nearby ruin of Lesnes Abbey, from which Abbey Wood gets its name.

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