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Eden Cottage, Beckenham


Notes: Eden Farm was named after William Eden, First Lord Auckland, who leased the farmland in 1782 from the landowner Peter Burrell. By 1790 William Eden had a mansion built where he could bring his wife and family. When Peter Burrell (by then Lord Gwydor) died in 1820, all his property went to auction and Eden farm, renamed as Eden Park, was bought by John Woolley.
The mansion was approached by paths from a lodge where today Whitmore Rd meets Village Way and a second lodge where Eden Park Avenue meets Croydon Rd. Eventually, tenants could not be found for the mansion and when demolished in the early 1900s, it was in advanced state of decay. This entire area was used to build a housing estate in the early 1930s leaving only Crease Park, the site of William Edenís mansion.
The fields also abutted the land of Kelsey mansion and ran down to where we now see the woodland of the Harvington Estate and the River Beck. Here in about 1834, there were two large houses erected, Eden Lodge and Eden Cottage. The census records from 1841 to 1901 show a complete occupation of the two ĎEdensí by wealthy bankers, solicitors, merchants, stockbrokers and engineers with many servants, coachmen and gardeners to keep the combined area of the Lodge and the Cottage in prime condition.
Eden Cottage was occupied by solicitor Ben Hardwick in 1841, followed by West India merchant George Hankey from about 1845 until the 1861 census. Then Charles Hoare, banker, aged 24 in 1871 and builder of the coach house lived there until 1877 when he inherited Kelsey Manor from his father, Peter Richard Hoare junior, who had owned Kelsey Manor since 1837. Finally, a civil engineer from Chile, Francis Miers, was resident at Eden Cottage from 1881 to 1901 [d. there 20 Feb 1908], with the Beckenham Directories showing that his wife Susan lived there until about 1917 [d. there 06 May 1922].
After WWI, the Eden houses were used by the Frederick Milner Homes for shell shocked soldiers, being visited by Queen Mary in 1931. After WWII, the Beckenham Council took over the houses and their land to become part of the Harvington Estate. Eden Lodge was left to deteriorate but Eden Cottage, by then known as Eden Manor, was used by Scouts and Guides and was an experimental centre for the Civil Defence. In 1960, since no use could be found for either house, they were both pulled down leaving the coach house to be used as an equipment store. Until October 2009, the rangers used the site but then the takeover to erect 4 luxury houses was completed and the coach house disappeared in a few hours leaving nothing at all, not even a name, to remind us of Eden Cottage. [Pat Manning, Copers Cope Area Residents Assocation website accessed 13 Jan 2012]
Eden Cottage dated from before 1838. From about 1924, it was the Sir Frederick Milner ex servicemenís home known as Eden Manor, which closed at the beginning of WWII. The building lasted until 1953 when the Beckenham Council bought it and pulled it down. [Beckenham History website accessed Jun 2011]
The exact location of Eden Cottage is still not confirmed. The address is given in census returns as Wickham Rd, or 12 South Eden Park. An undated map (pre-1900) appears to show it set back from W side of what is now South Eden Park Rd, about 300 m SW of junction with Stone Park Ave / Hayes Lane.
Another account says Eden Cottage was bought by Wellcome Foundation who built their research laboratories on the site [MRT 2009]. However it appears that these were always on the east side of South Eden Park Rd, while the Eden Park estate was on the west. According to the Wellcome Foundation, the Wellcome Physiological Research Laboratories moved in 1921 to Langley Court, Beckenham, an existing building, and in 1946 the Chemical Research Laboratories were moved to the same site. After the merger of the Wellcome and Glaxo companies in 1995, most of the site was sold off for housing. A few of the buildings were still in use in 2011 as a GSK research site.

Location : Latitude: 51.3947, Longitude: -0.0242


Eden Cottage, Beckenham
Eden Cottage, Beckenham
Miers family home, 1880-1922


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Death    Person ID 
1 Fry, Susan Mary  06 May 1922Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3866
2 Miers, Francis Charles  20 Feb 1908Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3865


Matches 1 to 12 of 12

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Residence    Person ID 
1 Fry, Susan Mary  Apr 1881Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3866
2 Fry, Susan Mary  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3866
3 Fry, Susan Mary  Apr 1911Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3866
4 Miers, Clara Susan  Apr 1881Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0291
5 Miers, Clara Susan  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0291
6 Miers, Francis Charles  Apr 1881Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3865
7 Miers, Francis Charles  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I3865
8 Tatham, Agnes Clara  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0002
9 Tatham, Evelyn Margaret  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0004
10 Tatham, Mary Katharine  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0003
11 Tatham, Meaburn Talbot  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0035
12 Tatham, Silvia  Mar 1901Eden Cottage, Beckenham I0096