Pensford Avenue, TW9

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Laid out over a market garden that was part of the Leyborne Popham’s Richmond estate which had been left to the family following the death of a cousin, Elizabeth Taylor in 1838. The road, like many developed by the family, was named after one of their many holdings, in this case the Manor of Pensford, in Somerset. That estate came into the hands of Edward Leyborne, the son of William Leyborne, who was Governor of Grenada, St Vincent, and Tobago, and Anne Popham. He succeeded to the estates of Littlecote, Ramsbury, and Houndstrete Park, Pensford, on the death of his uncle, Francis Popham, in 1780. In 1805 he assumed the additional surname and arms of Popham.  This street was laid out by 1924 when it appeared in Kelly’s Directory.


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