TQ0651 : Old Epsom Road on ascent to the ice house

taken 2 years ago, near to East Clandon, Surrey, Great Britain

Old Epsom Road on ascent to the ice house
Old Epsom Road on ascent to the ice house
The old Epsom Road ascends towards the ice house around the south side of Hatchlands Park. There is a substantial cutting on the south side of the road not the result of centuries of erosion, but dating from when the road was constructed in the mid eighteenth century.
Old Epsom Road at Hatchlands

The Epsom Road at Hatchlands has adopted three routes over the course of time: the present A246 (the present Epsom Road), built in around 1912, the former turnpike, which followed the south side of Hatchlands Park (and still exists as a track or road for the most part), and the original road, Blake's Lane, which follows a more circuitous detour to the south of the present A246.

The old turnpike road still marks the south side of Hatchlands Park, forming an immovable southern perimeter to Humphry Repton's remodelling of the park. The turnpike trust was incorporated by an Act of 1757, to improve the road from Leatherhead to Stoke. Relics of the old turnpike alignment can also be seen either side of the Window Box roundabout in West Horsley.

Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park is a red-brick country house with surrounding gardens in East Clandon, Surrey, England, covering 170 hectares (430 acres).

The park initially belonged to the Chertsey Abbey with the park being mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1544, after the dissolution of the monasteries, it was granted by Henry VIII to Sir Anthony Browne and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald (commonly known as 'The Fair Geraldine'). The park was purchased in 1750 by Admiral Boscawen who landscaped the grounds. The park and house are now owned by the National Trust LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 July, 2019   (more nearby)
Saturday, 13 July, 2019
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Paths  Roads, Road transport  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0678 5184 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:15.3442N 0:28.2732W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 06768 51846
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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