Wonersh Park had a seventeenth-century house which was to receive eighteenth-century alterations. In 1767 Adam was employed to make designs for the interior decoration of the house, as well as for a stable and farm court, but these design were not executed. Prior to his time in the House of Commons, Norton had conducted legal business with the Lowther family. He remained in contact with Sir James Lowther throughout his career, and through Sir James, Norton became acquainted with Lords Bute and Mansfield. All three of these men were patrons of Robert Adam, at Lowther Hall, Luton Park, and Kenwood respectively, and it may have been through these connections that Adam came to Norton’s attention.
The house at Wonersh was demolished in 1935. According to Pevsner a 'ham-fisted' eighteenth-century Gothic entrance gateway survives, as well as an eighteenth-century stable court, which has been converted into Wonersh Court.
There are three drawings for Adam’s unexecuted design for a stable and farm court in the Cumbria Record Office.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 31, 82; I. Nairn, N. Pevsner, and B. Cherry, The buildings of England: Surrey, 1971, pp. 536-37; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, pp. 67, 81, 204, 226; 'Norton, Fletcher (1716-89), of Grantley, Yorks. and Wonersh, Surr.' History of Parliament online
Frances Sands, 2012
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Contents of Wonersh Park, near Guildford, Surrey: unexecuted designs for interior decoration, and for stables and farm offices, for Sir Fletcher Norton (later Baron Grantley of Markenfield), 1767 (9)
- Finished drawing and record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1767, unexecuted (2)
- Finished drawing for a drawing room, 1767, unexecuted (1)
- Design for a ceiling for another drawing room, 1767, unexecuted (1)
- Preliminary design for a ceiling for Sir Fletcher Norton's dressing room, 1767, unexecuted (1)
- Preliminary design for an unknown ceiling, 1767, unexecuted (1)
- Designs for farm offices, c1767, unexecuted (3)