Named after Sampson Gideon (February 1699 – October 17, 1762), who bought Belvedere House in 1751, following the death of its owner Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. Gideon was a Jewish-British banker who was a trusted “adviser of the Government”, and a supporter of the Jewish Naturalisation Act 1753. His son, also called Sampson, rebuilt the house in 1764 and he became Baron Eardley of Spalding in 1789. The Eardley Arms, which still exists in Belvedere today, commemorates the family and the influence they had on the district.
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