Established 1639 -------------------- Stratford Point ------------------------------ Great Neck ----------------------------Lordship Manor

The History of Lordship

Stratford, Connecticut


Lordship, the land at the southern tip of Stratford, jutting into the heart of Long Island Sound. The first inhabitants of Lordship were the Paugussetts who had a large village at Fresh (Frash) Pond, but had encampments at Stratford Point and at Indian Well. Indian Well was a fresh water pond where the old trolley line crossed Duck Neck Creek just north of the rotary near the firehouse. When the first settlers arrived in 1639, they found that Indians were using this area to plant corn, so there was little clearing necessary. Originally Lordship, called Great Neck, was a Common Field worked and owned by settlers who returned home to the safety of the palisade fort at night. Richard Mills was the first to build a farmhouse in Great Neck in the western end near present day Second Avenue. He sold his estate to Joseph Hawley in 1650 and moved. It is in connection with his name that the term Lordship is first found, as applied to a meadow on what is still known as the Lordship farm. It is said in deeds of land - 1650 to 1660 several times, Mills Lordship and the Lordship Meadow. Richard Beach came to Stratford with a family and in 1662, he purchased one of five acres on west point of the Neck, butted south upon the meadow called Mills Lordship. In colonial days, Lordship was a desolate and feared place. There were a few farms and very little trees on the windswept landscape. Breezy Point (north end of Stratford Road) was thought to be haunted and was avoided at night. According to legend, witches and their servants would build bonfires there to lure ships onto the rocks along the beach.

The purpose of this website is to collect and preserve the history of Lordship. Anyone wishing to contribute material, pictures or stories is asked to contact Tom Halverson. All material will be scanned and returned.

Lordship in 1918 - A 360 degree view

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1918 Lordship 360 degree view

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AHERN'S PLAYLAND:Ahern's Playland

AIRPORT:The Airport

AVIATION:Lordship Aviation

BEACHES:Lordship Beaches

BRICK COTTAGES:Brick Cottages

CARNIVAL:Carnivale

CENTER OF LORDSHIP:Lordship Center

CHURCHES:Lordship Churches

CIVIL AIR PATROL:Civil Air Patrol

DEVELOPMENT:Lordship Development

DINING IN LORDSHIP:Where we ate

DIRECTORY:Lordship Directory.

DUMP:Lordship Dump.

GAS STATIONS:Lordship Gas Stations

GREAT MEADOWS:The Great Meadows

GROWING UP IN LORDSHIP:Growing up in Lordship

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GUN CLUB:Gun Club

LANDMARKS:Lordship Landmarks

LEGENDARY LORDSHIP:Legendary Lordship.

LORDSHIP BOOSTER:The Lordship Booster

LORDSHIP MANOR:Lordship Manor

LORDSHIP PARK ASSOCIATION:Lordship Park Association

MAPS:Lordship Maps

MEMORIAL GREEN:Lordship Memorial Green

MOVIES:In the movies.

OLD LORDSHIP:Old Lordship

ORGANIZATIONS:Lordship Organizations

PARK PROJECTS:Lordship Parks Projects.

PLEASURE BEACH:Pleasure Beach.

POLITICS:Lordship Politics.

ROLLER SKATING RINK:Roller Skating Rink

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SCHOOLS:Lordship Schools.

SEAWALL:The Wall

SPORTS:Lordship Sports

STRATFORD POINT LIGHTHOUSE:Stratford Point Lighthouse

TROLLEY:Lordship Trolley

WARTIME LORDSHIP:Lordship at War

WORK:Lordship at Work

Lordship Links, Acknowledgements and Resources:Acknowledgements

Any comments or would like to donate material? You can contact me directly at:

tom1257@lordshiphistory.com