Seymour Avenue, SM4

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Jane Seymour (about 1508 – October 24, 1537) was Queen of England from 1536 to 1537 as the third wife of King Henry VIII. She became betrothed to the king the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution. As queen, in stark contrast to Anne, Jane was said to be strict and formal, swiftly putting a stop to some of the extravagances of the queen’s household. In October 1537 she gave the king the son and heir he so long desired, however less than two weeks after the birth, Jane died of postnatal complications. Their son would later become King Edward VI. Jane was the only of Henry’s six wives to receive a queen’s funeral, and is buried beside him in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. This is one of a group of streets on the Morden Park Tudor Estate built by G T Crouch in the 1930s, described in the builders brochure as: “… a splendid ambition come true – an ambition of the builders whose spacious model Estate of picturesque Tudor houses is in a model situation, and an ambition of the house-holder who finds here the perfect house in natural surroundings and yet within the easiest reach of town”. Perhaps the builders took their inspiration from the style of the housing.

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