Jeffreys

The land on which Camden Town was built belonged, at earlier times, to the Jeffreys family. Originally from Brecon in Wales, their wealth was made through international trade organised through the City of London.

Jeffreys family crestJohn Jeffreys and Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys have memorials in St Andrew Undershaft church in St Mary Axe, City of London.

St Andrew Undershaft, with Gherkin behind - built on Jeffreys' land.
St Andrew Undershaft, with Gherkin behind – built on Jeffreys’ land.

The family history is spread over four generations, from John Jeffreys who was the first merchant, his two sons who continued as traders and financiers, Nicholas Jeffreys the next son, and Elizabeth Jeffreys his daughter – who married Charles Pratt (who became Lord Camden).

… a complex story, told here in a report and a paper:

– following the Jeffreys’ generations

Nicholas and Frances' wedding 9 April 1717
Nicholas and Frances’ wedding 9 April 1717

– exploring madness and inheritance in two members of the family

Lunacy inquisition of Frances Jeffreys
Lunacy inquisition of Frances Jeffreys