'MR. J. TROTTER. August 31st, at Horton-place, Epsom, aged 77, John Trotter, Esq., formerly M.P. For West Surrey.-He was born in 1780, and early in life served in Spain as Commissary-General, under the late Duke of Wellington; and as Storekeeper-General in the short and glorious campaign which terminated the Peninsular war. He was returned for West Surrey in July, 1840, on the accession of Colonel Perceval to the peerage, and was re-elected in 1841, but retired at the dissolution of 1847.'
'The Queen has been pleased to grant unto William Brown,of Horton-place in the parish of Epsom in the county of Surrey, formerly of Penshurst, in the county of Kent, Esquire, and to Mary Elizabeth, his wife, only child of George Welbank, late of St. James's-place, in the parish of St. James, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, Esquire, by Ann, his wife, eldest daughter of James Trotter, late of Horton-place aforesaid, both deceased, and sister of John Trotter, late also of Horton-place, Esquire, some time Knight of the Shire for the Western Division of the said county of Surrey, also deceased, Her Royal licence and authority that they may, in compliance with a direction contained in a certain deed of indenture, bearing date the 26th day of April, 1851, take and henceforth use the surname of Trotter, in lieu and instead of that of Brown, that he the said William Brown may bear the arms of Trotter quarterly with his own family arms, and that such surname and arms may in like manner be taken, borne, and used by their issue; such arms being first duly exemplified according to the laws of arms and recorded in the College of Arms, otherwise Her Majesty's said licence and permission to be void and of none effect:
And to command that the said Royal concession and declaration be recorded in Her Majesty's said College of Arms.'
"The mansion is the perfection of a gentleman's residence in point of comfort generally, size height and aspect of principal rooms, airiness, and lovely outlook of the best bedrooms, completeness of domestic offices and the extensive stabling. The entire premises recently enlarged, almost to the extent of re-building, to the designs of the late Sir Gilbert Scott, RA, carried out by an eminent building firm. Well positioned in a park of 90 acres, with its fine timber and ornamental water; pleasure grounds and gardens are about 6 acres in extent, with greenhouses, storehouses, camellia-house, vinery, and peach-house. Entrance lodge, laundry, and cottage, gardener's and gamekeeper's cottages, with kennels. Home-park Farm and excellent buildings. Four other farms, varying from 100 to 300 acres, all well let on leases...18 cottages each having a large garden...
Freehold estate...mansion comprising 10 best bed and dressing rooms, two bath rooms, nine secondary bed rooms, servants apartments, large and elegant drawing room with bow window, dining room, library and boudoir, billiard room, large and imposing entrance hall and principal staircase, full domestic offices, three servants' sitting rooms. Detached dairy...The stabling comprises eight stalls, two loose boxes, two large coach-houses, four living rooms over, yard, harness room and cleaning room...There is good partridge and pheasant shooting...[Possibility of speculative development]."
"...bird's-eye maple, satin and rosewood suites for drawing and dining room, ...chairs...rep curtains, brilliant plate chimney and console glasses and marble top tables, full compass grand pianoforte by Collard & Collard...bookcases, small library...handsome buhl bracket clock,... full sized billiard table [etc, etc..]"
"The screen is of wrought iron and bronze, with richly ornamented traceried panels. Immediately over the central gate rises a cross, twelve feet in height, carrying the figure of the Saviour, and supported on either side by figures of the Blessed Virgin and St. John. There are also on either side of the cross angels carrying emblems of the Passion. The whole meaning of the rood, and a very beautiful one, is that only by passing under the sufferings of the Cross can we reach the holy of holies. Beneath the cross and in a large plaque are the words:"By Thy Cross and Passion; good Lord deliver us", and running along the whole length of the screen are the following words from the Book of Revelation:"Alleluia! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Alleluia!" On one side of the screen is the following memorial tablet: "To the honour and glory of Almighty God, and in memory of William Sampson Trotter, late of Horton Manor, this screen is erected by his wife, son and daughter". The work had been carried out by Messrs Martyn of Cheltenham."