Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, was leader of the Liberal Party, served as Foreign Secretary and in 1894 he succeeded William Gladstone as Prime Minister. In 1889 he became the first chairman of the London County Council, much of which was in the old historic area of Surrey.

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Bourne Hall, Lord Rosebery’s hansom cab
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

This hansom cab transported him on many occasions between Epsom and London.

Watch the video of the Curator of Bourne Hall Museum, Jeremy Harte, talking about Lord Rosebery’s hansom cab.

In 1874 Lord Rosebery purchased the Durdans, a house with racing stables at Epsom, and so began an involvement with the town that would last until his death.

He brought his new bride, Hannah Rothschild, here in 1878.

His thoroughbred horses Ladas, Sir Visto and Cicero won him three Derbies.

Lord Rosebery frequented The Assembly Rooms in Epsom, a popular meeting place built on the site of the famous Epsom Spa for which the town became popular.

Rosebery died at the Durdans in 1929.

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