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The Wood That Built London: Camberwell

Camberwell was originally one large manor, with woodland for sixty swine. Under Edward the Confessor its lord was Northmann of Mereworth, one of the great Saxon landowners, but after the Conquest William granted the manor to his sheriff Hamon. In the century that followed, Camberwell was split into several smaller manors. The area around the village of Camberwell itself became the manor of Camberwell Buckingham, sometimes called Camberwell and Peckham, a direct tenancy of the king that was held for a time by Robert de Melhent, Earl of Gloucester and illegitimate son of Henry I. Honor Oak may derive its name from a boundary tree that stood at the summit of the hill to mark the southern limit of the Honour of Gloucester; an alternative tradition attributes it to the story that Elizabeth I rested beneath it in 1602.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler