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Brief description of site

Claremont has 18th-century landscaped pleasure grounds and a park. Features include a lake, amphitheatre, grotto and water pavilion.

Brief history of site

In about 1709 Sir John Vanbrugh built a small villa for himself at Chargate Farm, near Esher. Vanbrugh sold the property in 1711 to his friend and patron, Thomas Pelham-Holles, Earl of Clare. The house was transformed into a country mansion and re-named Claremont. John Vanbrugh, with Charles Bridgeman, laid out the gardens from 1715. Several other influential garden designers have been involved with the layout of the gardens at Claremont, including William Kent and Lancelot Brown.

Location information:

Address: Portsmouth Road, KT10 9JG

Locality: Esher

Local Authorities:

Surrey; Elmbridge; Esher

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 187 Grid Ref: TQ134633
Latitude: 51.3575 Longitude: -0.372756


The gardens lie east of the A307 1 mile south of Esher.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The garden is open daily (except Mondays) throughout the year. Through summer it is open 7 days a week.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1709 to 1715

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 58

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