The area was developed by the former Wixenford School, which closed in 1934. That had been named after its first home, Wixenford House, at Eversley, in Hampshire, which itself was named by its first headmaster, the Rev. Cowley Powles, a native of Cornwall. He is thought to have chosen the name from the hamlet of Wixenford in Plymstock, owned by Albert Parker, 3rd Earl of Morley. Lord Morley's son Edmund was later educated at the school.
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