Saturday July 1, 2017
Cobham Road, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3QE
A Study Day led by Adam Menuge with Claire Gapper explored Slyfield House, a residence purchased by George Shiers, Apothecary to King James I, for £3,080 in 1614. He largely rebuilt the house in brick soon after acquiring the property. His daughter-in law, Elizabeth bequeathed the property to Hugh Shortrudge, and on his death in 1720 it was vested in trustees for the benefit of Exeter College, Oxford. In 1743 the trustees ordered the demolition of the Great Hall thereby separating the present Slyfield House from the farmhouse. The Trustees sold the estate in 1876 to Canon Frederick Philips who continued to let the house. It was eventually purchased by our hosts, Paul and Vanessa Richards in 1983. The house is built of mellow red brick and the main south front is decorated with a magnificent range of giant Ionic pilasters and a projecting former centrepiece topped with a crude pediment. Inside the house contains much of its original woodwork including a number of panelled rooms, a fine staircase with strapwork panels, rusticated newels and dog-gates plus a series of remarkable plaster ceilings. Coffee, Lunch and Tea was included and the event concluded around 3.30pm.