The history of Tadworth Court mansion

Overview Most visitors to Tadworth Court are familiar with the unique and inspirational work The Children’s Trust undertakes to enable children with brain injury to live the best life possible. Yet few are probably aware of the intriguing history of the mansion itself and the people who have lived here since 1700 through to the present day.  We are proud to say that Tadworth Court has been designated as a Grade 1 listed mansion in recognition of its age and architectural interest. Built sometime between 1694 and 1704 for Leonard Wessel, a wealthy merchant of Dutch origins, it is a good surviving example of a country house from the late Queen Anne period and a hidden gem in Surrey. Currently home to The Children’s Trust, the mansion is also a house with an intriguing ancestry in terms of the people who have made it their home or investment. This is a story which includes merchant traders, High Sheriffs, MPs and a Lord Chief Justice, as well as prominent absentee owners with substantial estates elsewhere. It also presents a mystery tenant with an eminent pedigree who has slipped under the radar for over 200 hundred years! The mansion is a working building and not usually open to the public. However, for those of you who are keen to visit Tadworth Court a number of events the public can attend are held at The Children’s Trust throughout the year. You can see a list of all upcoming events here.

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