A prebendary is a member of clergy, typically a canon, who holds a senior administrative post connected to an Anglican or Roman Catholic cathedral or collegiate church, they are normally paid for by revenues from an estate or parish. The area was part of the prebendal manor estate and came into the hands of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1882. Sixteen years later the architect and surveyor J A Gill Knight took out a lease on about 12 acres south of the common to develop into mansion blocks and semi-detached houses for the middle-classes. But the scheme was not as successful as hoped, largely because of communication links. Stamford Brook Railway station as not opened until 1912 delaying further development until after the First World War.
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