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Thomas Smith (Tottenham)

Thomas Smith (Tottenham)

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From British History Online we've learnt that lordships are something that could be bought and sold. The Tottenham lordships were tied in with Bruce Castle, until Thomas Smith got involved. Smith lived at Grove House, at the south end of Tottenham Green,  where The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is now. In 1792 Thomas Smith of Gray's Inn, bought the mansion and grounds, together with the lordships. But c.1805 he sold the lordships and the mansion but separately thus ending a long-standing tradition.

1807 and 1809 Thmas Smith was travelling. We know this because The Lewis Walpole Library at Yale holds his travel diary and have put a page on-line so you can see his handwriting. 

British History Online tells of Smith conveying (giving, we assume) land in Tottenham pre-1792 and in 1797 for a Greencoat School and a Bluecoat School, respectively. 1828 Grove House was sold to Quakers and became a school. We have not found Smith's dates but perhaps this was after his death.

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