Horton Lodge, Later Hollywood Lodge.

Hollywood Lodge - summer 2004
Hollywood Lodge - summer 2004
Image courtesy of Geoffrey Stone © 2013

The fire-damaged wreck of a building visible from Christ Church Road and Horton Lane seems to have a chequered history. I hoped to find when it was built and something about past residents and owners. The Lodge is marked separately on the 1768 map by John Rocque and Horton appears on 17th century maps by mapmakers such as Norden and Speed.

Extract from the map by John Norden
Extract from the map by John Norden

Extract from the map by John Speed
Extract from the map by John Speed

Extract from the map by John Rocque
Extract from the map by John Rocque

I have endeavoured to list events in chronological order.

The Manor of Horton, according to a 15th Century charter, belonged to the Abbey of Chertsey. It passed through many hands and in the 17th century came to Elizabeth Evelyn, wife of Richard and sister-in-law of the diarist, John. She survived both her husband and her children and left The Manor to a distant relative, Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. He was her sister Anne's great grandson. Charles' daughter, Louisa was married from Horton Lodge, Epsom on 13 May 1762 to John Browning. It passed down the Baltimore family.

The online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says
CHARLES CALVERT 5th Baron Baltimore 1699 - 1751 was probably born at Woodcote Park, Epsom, son of Benedict Leonard Calvert 4th Baron Baltimore and Charlotte, daughter of Henry Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield and Lady Charlotte Fitzroy (illegitimate daughter of Charles II). Married 20 July 1730 Mary daughter of Sir Theodore Janssen (1st Baronet) and had issue 2 sons and 3 daughters. He became MP for Surrey in 1741.

He had one illegitimate son born prior to his marriage to Mary - Benedict nee Swingate who took the name Calvert.

FREDERICK CALVERT 1732-1771 6th Baron Baltimore.

Son of Charles Calvert and Mary Janssen. Married 1753 Lady Diana Egerton youngest daughter of the Duke of Bridgewater. In 1768 he was charged with raping Sarah Woodcock, a London milliner, at his country house at Epsom. Tried at Kingston Assizes 26 March 1768. No legitimate heir, so the title became extinct. [See Brian Bouchard's article about Frederick Calvert elsewhere on this website].

The Manor was bought by James Trotter, an upholsterer from Soho who, according to Manning & Bray, had a large contract for supplying the army.

Some facts obtained from various items at SURREY HISTORY CENTRE with reference numbers.
SHC 186/2/3.
An indenture dated 11th July in the fourth year of the reign of George II (1730/1) between the Right Honourable Charles Calvert, Lord Baltimore, Baron of Baltimore in the Kingdom of Ireland of the one part and Benedict Leonard Calvert of Epsom alias Ebisham in the County of Surrey Esq., Cecil Calvert of Epsom alias Ebisham in the County of Surrey, Esq., Stephen Theodore Janssen of London and William Janssen of the Inner Temple, London, Esq. of the other part five shillings (25p) to him in the hand paid by Benedict Leonard Calvert, Cecil Calvert, Stephen Janssen and William Janssen doth bargain and sell The Manor of Horton and Lordship of Horton.

The document mentions houses, outbuildings, stables and barns and numerous parcels of land with names such as Rushy Close, Shepherds Close, West Eight Acres, Southfield, Great Mill Close, Elliotts Close, Great Cross Gate, Shoulder of Mutton Close, Sperry Bush Shot, The Five Acres, Ewell Common Close and Black Bush and many more. Some were arable land, some woods, meadow or marsh. There is no mention of a Lodge House.

SHC 186/2/20.
Details noted from a lease dated 1st October in the eighteenth year of the reign of ... King George the Third (1778) between Bertram John Trotter of Horton Place and John Browning of Horton Lodge.
.............All that messuage or tenement with the Barn, Stables, Outhouses, Buildings, Yards, Garden and Orchards and all those seven closes, pieces and parcels of arable land thereto adjoining and belonging containing by estimation thirty six acres and thirty seven perches be the same more or less called Green Man Farm late in the occupation of George Fox, since then of Thomas Williams and now of the said John Browning. Also all that parcel of Arable land called Norris's Close containing by estimation two acres, two roods and sixteen perches be the same more or less, and also all those two closes or parcels of meadow land called Norris's Meadow containing by continuation fifteen acres two roods and thirty four perches be the same more or less late in the occupation of John King since then of the said Thomas Williams and the said John Browning. All which said messuage or tenement buildings land and premises are situate lying in the hamlet of Horton. The lease was for twenty one years at a rent of £52-10-00 payable in two parts on specified days.

£3-o-o increase per annum relating to felling and using timber and 20/= for pollarding (and presumably, using the wood cut).

1791 Universal British Directory Of Trade, Commerce And Manufacture for Epsom.
Browning John Esq.     Horton Lodge.

Louisa Calvert born 1733
John Browning born about 1731 in Maryland.
Married 13 May 1762 - Louisa Calvert of Horton Lodge, Epsom.
Charles Browning son of John and Louisa Browning b 20th July 1765 at Horton Lodge Epsom Surrey.

Quarter Sessions

SHC ref QS2/6/1784 Epiphany Quarter. (10 January 1784)
Records the voluntary confession of William Arter(?) servant to John Browning of Epsom common in the parish of Epsom to stealing apples from the loft room over the cart horses' stable and implicating Matthew Drake too. Charles Browning, son of John Browning was involved in the discovery of the theft. William's mark is appended at the bottom and the case was before Mr Martin Madan JP.


Taken From The Times Digital Archives & Newspapers On Line.

Jackson's Oxford Journal.. Saturday 1 December 1821.
Died at Horton Lodge near Epsom aged 88 the Hon Louisa Browning widow of John Browning Esq. of the same place.
The Morning Chronicle announcement notes..
Eldest daughter and only surviving child of the late Rt. Hon. Charles Calvert, Lord Baltimore and sister to Sir Frederick Calvert who was the last Lord Baltimore.
The Times: Wednesday 5 December 1821 P4, Col B, issue 11421.
Genteel and excellent household furniture, a veined marble sarcophagus winecooler, Baker's patent mangle, and Effects. Horton Lodge Epsom Surrey. By Messrs Campion and Church, on the premises, late in the occupation of the Hon Louisa Browning deceased, on Tuesday Dec 18th and following days at 11 by order of the Trustees.

All the genuine household furniture, comprising four-post, half-tester and camp beds; prime goosefeather beds and bedding, mahogany chests of drawres, basinstands, dressing cases, wardrobes, bedsteps, dining, pembroke, card sofa and pillar and claw tables; elegant commode sideboard, mahogany and oak dining room chairs, drawing room and chamber ditto, Turkey and Brussels carpets and rugs, fenders and fire-irons; elegant chimney, pier, cheval and dressing glasses; superb cornices and window curtains, both chintz and moreen; an elegant veined marble sarcophagus winecooler with milled carving; a Baker's patent mangle, elegant antique hall chairs; glass sconce lamps with rich cut drops and tripod stands; sofas kitchen requisites and miscellaneous articles; a quantity of iron hurdles, garden rollers etc. To be viewed on Monday and mornings of sale, and catalogues (6d each = 2½p) had on the premises; at the Spread Eagle and King's Head, Epsom; Bulls Head, Ewell; Griffin, Kingston; White Hart, Guildford; Red Lion, Dorking; White Hart, Reigate; Bear, Esher; of Mr Stevens, solicitor & co, Sion college gardens, Aldermanbury; of Mr Dudlow, Church Street Epsom and of Campion and Church, land and architectural surveyors and auctioneers, 170 Bishopsgate Street.
The Times Friday 14 December 1821 P4, Col C, issue 11429.
Horton Lodge, Epsom Surrey late in the occupation of the Hon. Louisa Browning deceased ---- by Messrs Campion and Church, on the premises on Tuesday Dec 18th at 2 precisely, by order of the Trustees unless previously sold or let by private contract. A Desirable Freehold Residence, delightfully situate near Epsom, Surrey and 16 miles from London, surrounded by lawns, shrubberies, meadows and gardens, the whole which contains about 25 acres, 10 of which are leasehold. This very eligible estate has uniformly been as one of the most enviable villas in the neighbourhood, the structure is universally good, and finished in an excellent manner, and retired a short distance only from the high road, and commanding beautiful and extensive views over Epsom and Bansted-downs, and the adjacent country. The shrubbery walks and plantations encircling these premises are disposed in a superior style and taste. The gardens are large, and the offices quite correspondent with the residence, which comprises a spacious entrance hall, paved with white and black marble, drawing, dining and breakfast rooms, of large dimensions, a gentleman's dressing room, large kitchen, scullery, pantries, housekeeper's room, servants hall, good cellarage, 6 principal bedrooms, 3 servants' rooms and a large nursery. The offices are excellent and well arranged, and consist of a roomy 6-stall stable, tool and seed houses, bakehouse, and above which are two man-servants' sleeping rooms, hay loft, pigeon house and in another range are a cart-horse stable for two horses, hen and duck houses, dairy, brewhouse, cowhouse and 2 pigsties. The estate is supplied with fine spring and soft water which is conveyed to the out offices. To be viewed by tickets only, 7 days prior to the sale, which with descriptive particulars may be had of Mr Stevens, solicitor, Sion-College Gardens, Aldermanbury; of Messrs Ashmore, Few and Hamilton, Henrietta street Covent Garden; Mr Dudlow, Church Street Epsom; at the principal inns in the neighbourhood; and at the offices of Campion and Church, land and architectural surveyors and auctioneers, 170 Bishopsgate Street London. Descriptive plans of the estate and buildings may be had at 2/6d each(= 12 ½ p).
The Times Monday 18 December 1822 P3, col E, issue 11507.
Horton Lodge, Epsom Surrey by order of the Trustees ---to be LET by auction during the race week, unless previously disposed of, by Messrs CAMPION and CHURCH.
The above well-known and superior Property, which for years has been the residence of the Hon. Louisa Browning, lately deceased. The entire estate comprises the very handsome dwelling-house with complete out offices of every description, most capital garden with lofty fruit walls and pleasure grounds, situate as above and not 15 miles from London. The rooms and chambers are numerous and of lofty dimensions; the principal drawing room 27 feet by 18 feet and 13 feet high with noble bow window opening to the lawn. There are principal and secondary staircases and the whole so judiciously arranged as to be suitable for a large or small family. The pleasure grounds are extensive and connected with the meadows, containing in the whole 24 acres and a half. The above premises may be viewed any time prior to the races by ticket only, which may be had of Mr Stevens, solicitor 2 Sion-college gardens, Aldermanbury; of Mr Dudlow solicitor, Epsom and of Campion and Church 170 Bishopsgate street where a plan of the estate may be seen.
North Wales Chronicle: 25 September 1858.
Henry Willis Esq. of Horton Lodge Epsom recorded as a visitor at Queen's Hotel, St George's Terrace, Llandudno.
Leeds Mercury. 24 April 1862.
PAULL-WILLIS. April 22nd at St George's Church Hanover Square, London by the Reverend R Atkinson vicar of Cockerham, Lancashire Henry Paull Esq. MP Barrister-at-law to Marianne second daughter of Henry Willis Esq., Hill Street, Berkeley Square and Horton Lodge, Epsom.
[Same announcement in Caledonian Mercury records H Paull 'as of the Hon. Society of the Middle Temple, son of Archibald Paull Esq. of Devonshire Place'].
The Times:
20th February 1872 Birth: WILLIS Henry junior a daughter.
The Times 22 September 1921
Death on 20 September 1921 At Horton Lodge, Epsom. Emmeline dearly beloved wife of Henry Willis and second daughter of the late James Levick of Hookfield, Epsom aged 75. Funeral tomorrow at Christchurch and afterwards at Epsom Cemetery. No flowers.
The Times 12 May 1927.
'The sale room' At Horton Lodge Epsom on Monday........sold the contents of the residence by order of the executors of the late Mr Henry Willis. [Pictures mentioned: Portrait of the late Mr Henry Willis as a boy, riding on a pony - dated 1851 by J F Herring, The Edinburgh Royal Mail changing horses at the Bell Inn. 1829.]
The Times Deaths 9th Nov 1937
At Springfield, Lower Green Road, Esher, Charles Edwin Willis, only surviving brother of the late Henry Willis of Horton Lodge, Epsom in his 82nd year.

Angela Clifford
January 2013

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