View of the front of Milton Court
|Built||1611 to 20th century|
|Architect||Unknown and William Burges|
|Designated||11 June 1973|
Milton Court, at the far west of the town of Dorking, is a 16th-century country house in Surrey. The Court was expanded and substantially rebuilt by the Victorian architect William Burges and is a Grade II* Listed Building including the attached forecourt walls, balustrading, terrace, piers, urns and stone-carved ball finial.
Originally a priory, the estate was granted to George Evelyn, father of the diarist John Evelyn, at the Protestant Reformation, lord of the manor of adjoining manor of Wotton, Surrey where the family established still grander and more expensive Wotton House, today a hotel. In the nineteenth century, it was bought by Lachlan Mackintosh Rate, a wealthy lawyer, banker and philanthropist. He employed William Burges to undertake substantial rebuilding. Working in an ornate Jacobean style, Burgess added twenty rooms, with elaborate fireplaces and ceilings. Perhaps the most successful is the famed Flower room, formerly Mrs Rate's boudoir. Nicholas Pevsner describes it as "a picturesque seven-bay house with shaped gables".
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