In 1765 Chamier purchased three estates in Surrey including Fennells Place and The Elms, and he immediately engaged Adam to make designs for alterations to both. At Fennells, Adam’s drawings proposed rebuilding entirely. This cannot have been executed as the early sixteenth-century house survives. Adam also made designs for a rustic dairy office which was not executed. Fennells Place is now a college called Fitznells.
See also: The Elms, Epsom, Surrey
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, index pp. 13, 65; I. Nairn, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Surrey, 1971, p. 224; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, p. 213, Volume II, pp. 125, 257; J. Brooke, 'Chamier, Anthony (1725-80), of Epsom, Surrey', History of Parliament online, 2012
Frances Sands, 2012
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Contents of Fennells Place, Ewell, Surrey: unexecuted designs for a house, interior works, and rustic offices, for Anthony Chamier, 1765-74 (14)
- Finished drawings for a scheme for the house, c1765-74, unexecuted (5)
- Preliminary design and finished drawings for a second scheme for the house, 1765-74, unexecuted (6)
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for a dairy, c1765-74, unexecuted (2)
- Finished drawing for a garden pavilion, c1765-74, unexecuted (1)