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Eleanor Palmer, 16th century benefactress :: Caroline Barron

  • Burgh House New End Square London, NW3 1LS UK (map)

The full title for this talk is 'The Search for Eleanor Palmer, d. 1558: heiress and benefactress of Kentish Town, St Pancras'. Eleanor Palmer was the daughter of Edward Cheeseman, one of Henry VII's 'New Men', who rose to be the Cofferer to the Royal Household and became a substantial landowner. His manors in Kentish Town and Chipping Barnet were inherited by Eleanor, who married first Edward Taylor (d. 1509), and then John Palmer (d. 1542). At her death, she established a charity which still provides financial help for those who need it in the parishes of Barnet and St Pancras. Is it possible to find out more about Eleanor herself?

Caroline Barron is Professor Emerita in the Department of History, Royal Holloway University of London, and President of Camden History Society.

Price: Free to members. Non-members welcome (£1 at the door).