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Ember Court in Surrey - the seat of Lord Cranley

Ember Court in Surrey - the seat of Lord Cranley

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: Ktop XL

Item number: 20-2-b

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Imber or Ember Court is a country village a mile to the east of Thames Ditton, Surrey. An 1876 handbook, 'The Environs of London', described "a large, plain mansion, the old brick front having been covered with stucco, and wings added in the last century".

The manor of Imber was part of the Royal Deer Chase of Hampton Court, but the upon the death of Henry VIII the Thames Ditton parishioners successfully petitioned that the land be set free (the deer were removed to Windsor). The manor changed hands several times before becoming the property of Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons, upon his marriage to heiress Ann Bridges in 1730. Their son was Lord Cranley, who owned the mansion in the 1780s, the time of this drawing.

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