The Wider Parish

Some history of our Parish Streets

Deburgh Road

Deburgh Road runs from Haydons Road in the west to its junction with Hanover Road in the East. It was a victim of a ‘hit and run’ bombing raid in the last war which destroyed The Sultan public house and almost destroyed All Saints’ Church – only saved because the bomb failed to explode.

Originally the road was much longer, but was shortened as part of the ‘Merton Plan’ which saw much of the housing in the area demolished. All Saints’ C of E School now stands where the road would have continued.

Here is some earlier history from The Friends of Merton Priory

Origins of street names in the neighbourhood of Merton Priory – Hubert de Burgh c.1180-1243
Many of the streets around All Saints Church are named after people connected with Merton Priory. De Burgh Road is one of these.
Born around 1180, Hubert de Burgh was to become Chief Justiciar to Henry III and one of the most powerful men in England. He effectively ruled the countryfor twelve years, from Henry’s succession at 9 years old in 1216 until his coming of age in 1228.
Among his notable achievements Hubert, as Constable of Dover Castle,defeated the French invasion fleet off Dover in 1217. But by 1232, following various intrigues, he had lost favour with King Henry who issued a warrant for his
arrest.
Hubert fled to Merton Priory – which he knew well – seeking sanctuary.(1) Whereupon the King instructed that he be seized. 20,000 armed Londoners subsequently converged on Merton, but fortunately, the Archbishop of Dublin
prevailed on the King to disperse them.(2) Hubert then made for his home at Bury St Edmunds. The King, however, was persuaded to have him seized en route at Brentwood. Hubert received warning of this and sought sanctuary at the church of St Thomas a Becket, but was forcibly apprehended and taken to the Tower of London. This violation of sanctuary raised such a storm that he was returned to the church in Brentwood, but was starved out after a forty day siege. He was taken as captive to Devizes castle where after several months and adventures he was eventually “admitted to the benefit of a full pardon” in 1234. He died in peace and honour in 1243. His descendants exist today.

Bibliography
[1]. Merton Priory Records p80(Sept 28th 1222). p81(14th May 1223). p89 (26th March 1227).
pp95-96 (Sept 1232)
[2]. Charlotte Yonge. Preface to “The Constable’s Tower”. 1891
J.F. Friend of Merton Priory.

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