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Lewisham High St.

Heritage Trail

Research and notes by Julian Watson

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St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

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Henry Stainton

Henry Tibbats Stainton (1822-1892) was an entymologist, educated at Kings College London. He was the author of The Manual of British Butterflies and Moths (1857-59). He was a very wealthy man and his house in Lewisham, ‘Mountsfield’, was one of Lewisham’s most substantial houses set in its own park, now known as Mountsield Park. Besides this, from 1856, he encouraged interest in

entomology among the wider public by holding weekly 'open evenings' at his house. Anyone over the age of 14 could freely visit Mountsfield on such evenings, perhaps to have a specimen identified; to view his collection; or simply to learn more about entomology from Stainton himself, or other guests who may have been present.

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