The Sale of Oatlands - 18 September 1846


The fourth and final sale of 1864 must have been a relativly simple process for the auctioneers, Messrs Shuttleworth and Sons - there was only the Estate Farm, divided into six lots, and there was one bidder who was determined to own it all.

James Watts Peppercorne had already acquired the mansion and its grounds, five lots at the second sale on the 4th of August (though it seems highly probable that he purchased more afterwards) and now he had his mind set on adding the farm to his list.

All six lots became his when the hammer fell, as follows:

Lot 1   Farm House - 5 Acres and 30 Perches   £1,200 £57
Lot 2   Adjoining Lot 1 on the West - 4 Acres 2 Roods and 22 Perches £430 £42
Lot 3   Adjoining Lot 1 on the East - 3 Acres 2 Roods and 28 Perches £320 £20
Lot 4   Adjoining Lot 3 - comprising 3 Acres 2 Roods and 24 Perches £340 £28
Lot 5   In the rear of Lots 1 & 2 - 4 Acres 3 Roods and 16 Perches £440 £40
Lot 6   Adjoining Lot 5 - 5 Acres and 18 Perches £470 £41

Fortunately, the plan for this sale exists and is simple to follow.
18 Sept 1846 - Sale Plan
The farmhouse and its outbuildings were soon demolished and a large and imposing house named "The Hollies" was constructed, along with an ornamental lake, as a home for the Peppercorne family, with an entrance lodge to the property situated in York Road.

A large and ornate house mamed "Swiss Cottage" (not to be confused with the 'tea rooms' of the same name on St George's Hill) was constructed  close to the Oatlands Avenue / Queen's Road junction (bottom left of plan) and this was home to Louisa Harriet Wilkes and her family. Louisa was the eldest daughter of James Watts Peppercorne.

The Hollies was later renamed "Westernhay" and until relatively recently, stood on the opposite side of the road to its lake in High Pine Close.
divider-genericImage Source: Surrey History Centre, Goldsworth Road, Woking