"At Epsom in Surrey, a large house called Durdans belonging to a noble lord handsomely furnished with outhouses, garden, grove and kitchen garden, planted with choicest fruits and paddock stocked with deer and some pasture grounds, all in good repair. Enquiries to Thomas Perschowse, Attorney in Garden court, no.4 in the Temple." 4
"At last I have found an authentic trace of Frederick, Prince of Wales in connection with Durdans. In his accounts of 1740, which I possess, there are payments of £100pa to the under housekeeper of Durdans and half a guinea to Joseph Spiers, watchman at Durdans".
"1764. Architect William Newton. Altered in C19, possibly by George Devey. Red brick. Pitched slate roof. 2 storeys. Moulded stone cornice and balustrade. Principal front has 2 - 3 - 2 windows with C19 stone mullions and transoms. Centre 3 bays break forward slightly. Neo-Georgian porch in centre of ground floor. Garden front similar, but central 3 bays are canted. End elevations have 2 ranges of windows under coped gable end, in which is set 1 semi-circular lunette. 2 cartouches in south end.1 reads "Chs. Dalbiac Restt. 1764 Wm. Newton Art",. and the other "SG. Sibyllae Amicisque 1929-55". Interior retains at least 2 original chimney pieces to Newton's designs (drawings in R I B A Collection), of which the better has a depressed arch with a keystone, surmounted by a marble bas-relief and flanked by detached Ionic columns. Original house was built by Lord Berkeley in the mid C17, and its appearance suggests that it was as advanced in taste as his more famous town house in Piccadilly. Its subsequent owners included the 2nd Duke of Argyll (in 1708), The Earl of Guilford (in 17ll), and Frederick, Prince of Wales. It was pulled down and the present house built for Charles Dalbiac. In the late C19 it was the seat of the Earl of Rosebery, Prime Minister and owner of several Derby winners. Listing NGR: TQ2086959587"
"At Durdens near Epsom, the poor were made happy by the liberality of the neighbourhood. George Blackman, Esq. presented to the parish of Epsom, a round Salver of about 22 inches diameter, extremely plain in its decorations, but well-finished in point of workmanship. The centre of the Salver exhibits the Attributes of the Trinity, encompassed with a Glory. Above the centre is inscribed in capitals, - 'Fear God', beneath it 'Honour the King' and towards the bottom in a scroll, 'This Salver was presented to the parish of Epsom, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Reign of his Gracious Majesty, George the Third; by George Blackman, (of Durdens) Esq.'"
Sir George Harnage [christened George Blackman, 28 July 1767, at St Olave, Hart Street, London], 'Baronet, of Harley Street, county of Middlesex, and of Belleswardine, county of Salop; son and heir to John Lucie Blackman, late of London, Esq. created a Baronet; and by royal sign manual, dated October 11, 1821, Sir George, and his issue, are authorised to take and use the surname of Harnage only, and also to bear the arms of Harnage quarterly with those of Blackman, (his paternal coat,) in compliance with the earnest wish and desire of his maternal uncle, and father-in-law, Henry Harnage, of Belleswardine, county of Salop, Esq. Born July 5, 1767. Married [at St Marylebone], July 19, 1791, Mary, eldest daughter of Colonel Henry Harnage, of Belleswardine, and has issue, George, a commander in the R. N. born July 19, 1792 ; and other children.'
"Nov. 19. At East Moulsey (sic),in his 70th year, Sir George Harnage, Bart. He was the only son of John Lucie Blackman, esq. of London, merchant, (of an old London and West India family,) by Mary, daughter of Henry Harnage, esq.,who afterwards remarried the late Adm. Sir Edmund Nagle. He married, July 19, 1791, his cousin Mary, eldest surviving daughter of Henry Harnage of Belleswardine, co. Salop, esq., a Lieut.-Colonel in the army; and in 1821 he assumed the surname of Harnage only, by license under the royal sign manual. The family of Harnage long flourished in Shropshire, and purchased the manor of Belleswardine in 1548. In the same year (1821), by patent dated Sept. 8, he was advanced to the dignity of a Baronet."
'In the nave is a neat tablet to the memory of Adm. Sir Edmund Nagle, G.C.B, G.C.M, one of the grooms of his Majesty's bed-chamber, who died at the age of seventy-five, on March the 14th, 1830 ; and also of Mary his widow, who was the daughter of Henry Hamage, esq., and widow of John Lucie Blackman, esq., of Craven-street, London : she died at the age of ninety-eight, on the 13th of May, 1836. Admiral Nagle was a nephew of the celebrated orator and statesman, the Right Hon. Edmund Burke. He was a brave and skilful officer, and a great favourite of his late Majesty, George the Fourth : both himself and his lady died at their residence at East Moulsey..
Another tablet records the interment here of Sir George [Blackman] Harnage, (the son of Lady Nagle by her first husband), who was created a baronet on the 28th of July, 1821; and who assumed the name of Harnage by royal permission, in the October following, in virtue of his maternal descent from an ancient family of that name, which held a high rank in the county of Salop, in the time of Edward the Third. He died in 1836, aged seventy years'