6 bedroom detached house for saleSouth Road, St. Georges Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13
An exceptional house surrounded by beautiful grounds with swimming pool and additional outbuildings:
In 1911, Surrey master builder W. G. Tarrant bought 964 acres of land on St George's Hill, Weybridge, from the Egerton family, and set about planning his ideal residential estate, where wealthy professionals and captains of industry could enjoy peace and privacy in surroundings of natural beauty. Facilities for sport and exercise were an essential element of Tarrant's vision, and he immediately commissioned golf course designer H. S. Colt to create a private 18-hole course on the estate.
The first plans, for two houses and an estate office at Weybridge station, were approved by Weybridge Urban District Council on 3rd April 1912; plans for a further three houses and an entrance lodge at Byfleet Road were approved by the Council on 1st June 1912; all the houses were near the main entrance in Byfleet Road, now Brooklands Road. Tarrant's system was to build three houses at the same time, with a gang of about a hundred men under one foreman. The men worked a ten-hour day, 56 1/2 hours a week, from 6 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, with half an hour off 8 to 8.30 a.m. and one hour from 1 to 2 p.m., and from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, with half an hour's break. In 1913 the wages for labourers were 6d an hour, for bricklayers and carpenters 81/2d, and for plasterers 9d an hour, plastering being skilled and heavy work; thatcher's received one shilling an hour. Tarrant's workforce is said to have numbered about 5000 in the 1920s, with an administrative staff of around seventy.
Development on St. George's Hill continued steadily until the outbreak of war in August 1914. By October 1914 Tarrant was under contract to the Director of Works (France) to build portable wooden huts for the British Expeditionary Force. In 1916, when the shortage of timber and labour in France had become acute, he trained women carpenters at his works at Byfleet to build the huts, which were then dismantled and shipped across the Channel, while the women travelled to France to re-assemble them.
The early houses built by Tarrant on St. George's Hill were mostly of three storeys and several were very large and imposing. The houses built in the 1920s on St. George's Hill and Wentworth Estate were mostly smaller, of only two storeys, but built to an equally high standard.
The 'Hill' is a distinctive and unique location designed for driven, motivated and successful high achievers who are looking for a secure and private location in understated and tranquil surroundings. The Hill is a place that provides an escape from the busy lives of its discerning residents. It is, quite simply, a nice place to live
ST GEORGES HILL
St Georges Hill is a world renowned private estate of 964 acres established by Master Builder W G Tarrant in 1911 who later went on to establish The Wentworth Estate. Tarrant's vision was to create an exclusive retreat and in 1912 commissioned Harry Colt to design and build a golf course and in 1913 built the Tennis club that boasts 32 courts, some of which are grass, and in more recent times squash, gym and swimming facilities have been added.
The estate's privacy is maintained by manned gates and mobile security 24 hrs. a day. The A3 is a short drive away that leads to London the M25 and the national motorway network that bring both Heathrow & Gatwick airports within easy reach. Within only a few miles are a number of highly regarded private schools including The ACS International School at Cobham.
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