Stable block at Claremont, designed by Sir James Pennethorne. 1852-56. These fine stables were the only addition Queen Victoria made to her uncle Leopold's estate in Esher, Surrey. They were useful in more ways than one. On his visit to the estate in 1871, the Reverend Kilvert noted that there was "stabling for some 40 horses at Claremont" (110) and that the equerries quarters were immediately over the stables: "The equerries try to get the horses put under each other's rooms that they themselves may not have their sleep broken by the stamping and neighing of the horses and the rattling and ringing of their chains. There is not room for the equerries usually in the house so they are sent down here to sleep" (111).

The block from outside. It is now used for other purposes, as part of Claremont Fancourt School.

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Kilvert’s Diary (a selection). Ed. William Plomer. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977.

Turnor, Reginald. Nineteenth Century Architecture in Britain. London: Batsford, 1950.

Tyack, Geoffrey. "Sir James Pennethorne (1801-1871)." The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online ed. Viewed 27 Nov. 2007.

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