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Castle House in Epsom
BBC London 94.9 listener Phil has had the history of his Epsom home studied. Find out more
This house close to Epsom Common has a fascinating history full of facades, stories and mysteries that make it intriguing as well as a fascinating insight into the local history of Epsom.
The earliest record shows the house and gardens on the tithe map of 1843 owned and occupied by Charles Waite covering roughly over half an acre.
In 1883 Charles Waite mortgages the property to Leopold Joseph Green, and it is around this time that the large house was divided into five separate homes.
One of the stories behind this house is that it is believed to have been occupied by Monks, but sadly this appears to be a local myth, as there is no evidence that the house was ever occupied by monks and the grounds around the house were common land used by the villagers and not ecclesiastical land.
Although there were no monks there was a story of an old gentleman named Mr Whiffin who lived in Castle House who was famous for his eccentric habit of forcing everyone he met to kneel down to pray – right where they met.
The castle house on the far end was at one time associated with the laundry industry in Epsom from the 19th century.
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