Norbury Park (Entrance side; old print). Source: Hill, facing p. 138. This "plain, carefully detailed house begun by Thomas Sandby, 1774" (Nairn et al. 388) was the seat of Francis Burney's good friends, the Locks. "Mr. Lock was a generous patron of art and literature. Sir Joshua Reynolds had been his guest, introduced by Dr. Burney [Fanny's father], and Sir Thomas Lawrence, when a young man, received from him hospitality and encouragement" (Hill 63). No wonder that a tight community of cultured people developed in this area close to the famous beauty spot of Box Hill, extending from Chesington Hall to Norbury Park. Fanny often stayed here. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

The house later became the home of Marie Stopes, the birth control pioneer. It is still privately owned, but most of its grounds now belong to the Council and are much used by walkers and cyclists.

Image scan, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the source and (2) link your document to this URL or cite it in a text document.


Banerjee, Jacqueline. Literary Surrey. Corrected ed. Headley Down, Hampshire: John Owen Smith, 2011.

Hill, Constance. Juniper Hall, A Rendezvous of Certain Illustrious Personages during the French Revolution, including Alexandre d'Arblay and Fanny Burney. Illustrations by Ellen G. Hill and reproductions of photogravure, etc. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1904. Internet Archive. Contributed by Robarts Library, University of Toronto. Web. 1 August 2020.

Nairn, Ian, and Nikolaus Pevsner, revised by Bridget Cherry. Surrey. Buildings of England. 2nd ed. London: Penguin, 1971.

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