Richard's Photo Gallery - Gatton

In one rotten borough, one of the most rotten too, and with another still more rotten up on the hill, in Reigate, and close by Gatton, how can I help reflecting on the marvellous deeds of the Collective Wisdom of the nation!

William Cobbett, Rural Rides, December 1822

Thumbnail of house and lake Date 1997 March 2nd.
Location Gatton Park, Nr.Reigate, Surrey, UK
Lens Sigma 39-80mm @ 80mm
Expose 1/250

In 1888 Gatton was bought by Jeremiah Colman, whose wealth was acquired by selling mustard. The gardens he built, though not generally open to the public, are now partly restored. In 1934 most of the house and contents burnt down. What you see here is a replica.

Off to the left is a heronry (don't bother trying to keep goldfish in your garden pond if you live near) and to the right is the shingle-clad spire of St. Andrews church (1084).

Thumbnail of town hall urn Date 1997 March 2nd.
Location Gatton Park, Nr.Reigate, Surrey, UK
Lens Sigma 39-80mm @ 60mm
Expose 1/250

This remnant of the old 'town hall' recalls the days before 1832 (when the 'rotten boroughs' were abolished) and Gatton had its own member of Parliament.


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