|Busbridge Hall, Godalming, 1908
The Edwardian mansion on Home Farm Road was built
in 1906, replacing an earlier property.
A sale notice of 1815 referred to the original Busbridge
Hall as "a modern property" and
the house was owned by Francis
Boyd Shannon Wilder, esq. in the 1840s.
By 1855 Bennett Gosling, a London banker, had become its owner and
through his Will the estate passed down to first Ellis Gosling
(son of Bennett's brother Robert) and following the death of
Ellis in 1861 to his infant son Ellis Duncombe Gosling.
We then find John Charles Francis Ramsden, J.P., living at
the Hall; he
had married the widowed Emma Gosling and brought up her son
and daughter by her first marriage alongside the couple's own
It was John Ramsden who built
Busbridge Church in 1867.
By 1891 Ellis Duncombe Gosling, by then a Captain In Yeomanry,
was Head of House and a trade directory of the same year described
his property as situated in a finely wooded park of about 200
his death on 29 October 1897 the personalty alone
of his considerable estate was valued at over £500,000.
Some of his bequests were to his staff; he left £50 to
every labourer on the estate who had more than ten years service,
He devised all his real estate to his sister's daughter, the
Hon. Violet Monkton, whose father was Lord Galway.
The Hall seems to have been let out for a time and in 1906,
following the departure of Baroness Eckardstein, the contents
and house were sold at auction.
The buyer was Percy North Graham, who lived at Northanger (Munstead).
He intended to pull down the house and erect another in a
His new home was situated in a park of by then about 270 acres.
It was built looking out over the Middle Pond, later the Middle
In 1920 Mr. Graham offered the Busbridge Hall estate for sale
through Knight, Frank and Rutley, who mentioned "the picturesque
Pleasure Grounds include tennis and croquet lawns, terraced
gardens and a chain of three lakes" in their advertisements.
Frith's postcard, above, shows the Hall sitting above the lake,
with the building almost mirrored in the reflection on the
"Godalming, Busbridge Hall". F. Frith & Co.
Ltd., Reigate, No.59587.  Posted in 1916 at Godalming, probably
sent by a soldier as he mentions a "big sham fight" on
the following day.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
Morning Post", Tuesday, May 23, 1815.
Advertiser & Salisbury Guardian", Saturday,
September 14, 1844 and death notice in "The Standard",
Wednesday, February 14, 1849. Mr. Wilder had died on 9 Feb.
 "Post Office Directory
of Essex, Herts, Kent ..." (1855), Part 1: Counties & Localities,
pub. Kelly & Co., Old Boswell Court, Temple Bar, London.
 "Daily News", Saturday, November 8, 1862.
Law Intelligence. Appeal to Master of the Rolls. Also "The
London Gazette", 19 and 27 December
1861. Pursuant to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery.
 "Post Office Directory
of Surrey" (1878) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London.
 1871 census.
 "The Morning Post",
Thursday 07 March 1867. Munificence towards the Church.
 1891 census and "Kelly's
Mercury", Wednesday 6 April 1898 and "The
Morning Post", November 20, 1897 (Wills and Bequests).
 "Manchester Courier
and Lancashire General Advertiser", 6 February
1906 and "Surrey Mirror", 9 February 1906.
Contents of Busbridge Hall were sold by Messrs. Mellersh.
 1901 census.
 "Kelly's Directory
of Surrey" (1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London.
 "Western Gazette",
Friday 11 June 1920; "The Times", Thursday,
Nov 18, 1920 - The Busbridge Hall Estate was to be sold
at the Angel Hotel, Godalming; "The Times",
Jul 07, 1921, the Mansion and other parts of the estate
had been sold, though more of the estate was still for sale.