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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Esher was 6,743.
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Sitting on land not much use for farming, the area Esher sits in wasn’t settled much. The first recording of the town comes in the Domesday Book (1086) when it was jointly owned by the Bishop of Bayeux, Chertsey Abbey and ‘Odard the Gunner’, a French nobleman.
Sandon Priory was founded in the reign of Henry II (1154-1189). Like many priories it collected taxes from the locals. In 1349 the Black Death arrived, and just like taxes it couldn’t be ignored, taking most of the brothers. The survivors were joined by new monks but their questionable behaviour (which wasn’t very pious!) and spending made the priory bankrupt. The name was revived with the arrival of Sandown Racecourse in 1875.
By the 13th century Esher was under the ownership of the Bishop of Winchester forming part of a huge swathe of land owned by the church covering most of Surrey. Much of this land was later scooped up by Henry VIII in 1538 who littered the landscape with palaces (much to the annoyance of the clergy he’d kicked out).
The next big shot to arrive was architect Sir John Vaughn in 1708. He built himself an impressive mansion which he sold to Thomas Pelham, Earl of Clare. Pelham paid Vaughn to extend and remodel the house he named Claremont in his own honour. Following the Duke’s death the house passed through several hands including Clive of India (another controversial figure) who knocked it down and built a new pile with gardens by Capability Brown. Clive committed suicide in 1774 and the house was eventually snapped up by the royals.
Prince Charlotte and Prince Leopold (the future King of Belgium) lived there. It was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite childhood homes, and in 1848 when King Louis Philippe went into exile he lived at Claremont. The house is now a rather impressive school.
During the royal comings and goings, Esher had become a stop on the London to Portsmouth road, (notorious for being hit by highwaymen). The town grew wealthy and eventually with the arrival of the railway it became a favoured spot for London merchants and remains a popular commuter location to this day.
It also had rock royalty come to visit. George Harrison bought a house called Kinauns where the other Beatles would visit. Maurice Gibb was another neighbour and both artists had their own home recording studios and wrote songs while living in Esher.
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