In 1765 Chamier purchased three estates in Surrey including The Elms and Fennells Place, and he engaged Adam to make designs for alterations to both. He first worked at Fennells Place, and then from 1774 he made designs for the park and house at The Elms. The Elms had been built in c1715 and it was the house in which Chamier was living at the time of his death. Adam made designs for the ceilings of the hall, ante room, dining room and drawing room, and the addition of two large rooms. These changes were certainly made, but it is not known if the executed works follow the surviving drawings as the house was demolished in c1825. Moreover, Adam made designs for a conservatory, a garden seat, and a temple, but these were not executed.
Now known as Clock House, the Elms was replaced with the extant house in the 1820s, although this was also called the Elms for around a century.
See also: Fennells Place, Ewell, Surrey
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, index pp. 13, 65; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, Index p. 49; I. Nairn, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Surrey, 1971, p. 219; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 179, 213, Volume II, pp. 183, 218; J. Brooke, 'Chamier, Anthony (1725-80), of Epsom, Surrey', History of Parliament online, 2012
Frances Sands, 2012
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