Dorking: Pippbrook

Pippbrook in 1890.  Image: Courtesy of Dorking Museum

Pippbrook in 1890
Image: Courtesy of Dorking Museum

Pippbrook stands to the east of the town at the foot of Ranmore and Box Hill. A house was built there in the 1750s by William Page and later occupied by William Crawford MP. That house was demolished in 1856. In its place William Henry Forman, master of the Glamorgan Ironworks, built a Gothic Renaissance mansion. It was designed in the offices of Sir George Gilbert Scott and has a richly decorated interior, much of which has been preserved. It now houses the town library.

9 thoughts on “Dorking: Pippbrook”

  1. Brian Furniss says:

    William Henry Forman also donated the Lady Chapel in Doncaster Minster and dedicated it to members of his family who are buried there.

    1. chasset says:

      I just decorvered your information (may 2009) about the Forman Family:
      (Ancestors of my wife)
      Have other details about this family.
      Regards from France!

  2. astrid dujardin says:

    where can I get some pics of mr William henri forman? my ancester was his sister? now the family is in France …

    1. chasset says:

      Chere Astrid!
      Comment allez vous?
      Je viens de découvrir que vous êtes aussi sur la “piste” de vos ancêtres anglais.
      Moi, je viens de reprendre mes recherches sur cette branche familiale.
      Avez vous eu d’autres détails?
      Au plaisir de vous lire/entendre/voir

      Philippe Chasset
      Philippe Chasset

  3. Margaret Webber says:

    Can anybody tell me about Pippbrook Cottage Home School?
    I believe my GGrandmother Mary Ann Street aged 6 was a pupil there in 1861 (on Census). Are there any archived records?
    Thank you

    1. Steve Bishop says:

      Hi Margaret, very spookily Ive been researching an Emma Rowland aged 13 at the same school on the same census as yours.

  4. Cheryl Bristow says:

    My 4 x grandfather was William Crawford MP – how amazing to see a link albeit not the original house.

    1. Raymond Crawford says:

      William Crawford was also my 4th great grandfather, descended from his eldest son William Anderson Crawford.

  5. Gail Young says:

    My great, great, great, grandfather was William Crawford. His eldest son William Anderson Crawford came to Australia and his son born in Australia, Edward John Crawford was my great grandfather. Edward’s daughter Pauline Gertrude Crawford was my grandmother.
    I look forward to visiting Dorking when we next holiday in England.

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