Foxley Square, SW9

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Henry Richard Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland of Holland, and 3rd Baron Holland of Foxley (November 21, 1773 – October 22, 1840), was a politician who played a major part in Whig politics during the 19thCentury. A grandson of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, and nephew of Charles James Fox, he served as Lord Privy Seal between 1806 and 1807 in the so-called Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville; was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1830 and 1834, and again in 1835 in the Whig administrations of Lord Grey and Lord Melbourne. He died in office. In the early 1820s he inherited some land in Camberwell which had once been part of the ancient manor of Lambeth Wicke. This property become lucrative following the opening of Vauxhall Bridge connecting Vauxhall and Camberwell New Road, which was then part of Surrey, he immediately started developing the estate for residential use. Despite owning a number of plantations in Jamaica through his wife, Lord Holland was against the slave trade. However, under the Slave Compensation Act 1837 following the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, he was compensated for slaves that had worked on his estates in Jamaica. This is one of a small group of local streets that commemorate Lord Holland’s connection with the area. See also Lilford Road, Vassall Road and Holland Grove.



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