Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for CLAREMONT

CLAREMONT, a seat in Esher parish, Surrey; near the river Mole and the South Western railway, 4 ½ miles S w of Kingston. A house was built here, for his own residence, by Sir John Vanburgh, the architect; sold to the Earl of Clare, who became Duke of Newcastle; re-sold, after the Duke's death, to the great Lord Clive; and soon afterwards pulled down. The present mansion was built by Lord Clive, after designs by Brown, at a cost of £100, 000; passed to Lord Galway, the Earl of Tyrconnel, Charles R. Ellis, Esq., and the Crown; was given to the Princess Charlotte and her husband Prince Leopold; was the Princess' death-place in 1817; was appropriated by the King of the Belgians, the quondam Prince Leopold, to the use of the Royal Orleans family, after their exile from France in 1848; and reverted to the Crown at the Belgian King's death. The edifice is of brick, with stone dressings, and contains many memorials of the Princess Charlotte. The grounds are 3 ½ miles in circuit; were laid out by Brown; and contain a lake of about 5 acres, and a small Gothic mausoleum of the Princess Charlotte.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a seat"   (ADL Feature Type: "residential sites")
Administrative units: Esher AP/CP       Surrey AncC
Place: Claremont

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