Francis Beckford

Country house

Penders or Ashtead Lodge

Ashtead (Surrey)

Built 30th Nov -0001


Reportedly built by Francis Beckford c. 1765. 'When Francis Beckford, the first from the Jamaican branch, came to Ashtead on the death in 1763 of Dorothea, the widow of Thomas, a new mansion was built at Penders at the west boundary of the village. The pump in the basement carries the date 1765.' The house was purchased by Thomas Mainwaring, the Beckford family lawyer, who left it to his wife Penelope in a codicil to his will dated 1787.

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