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Great grandson of former Tadworth Court owner visits for Heritage Open Days

PUBLISHED: 09:45 14 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 20 February 2013

Great grandson of former Tadworth Court owner visits for Heritage Open Days

Great grandson of former Tadworth Court owner visits for Heritage Open Days

For one visitor to Tadworth Court's Heritage Open Days opening on Sunday September 9, 2012, it was a particularly poignant occasion.

For one visitor to Tadworth Courts Heritage Open Days opening on Sunday September 9, 2012, it was a particularly poignant occasion.


Accompanied by friend Nicholas Owen, vice-president of The Childrens Trust, it was the first time that Greg Bratza, great grandson of Lord and Lady Russell of Killowen, who owned the mansion from 1885 to 1906, had the opportunity to see the magnificent residence, which is now the home to The Childrens Trust.


The visit was incredibly moving, knowing so much about the Russell history of Tadworth Court through letters and photographs, but visiting the building for first time was very special, says Greg.


I was so pleased that the Trust, quite apart from their wonderful work with children with disabilities, found the time to care for the building and allow us to share its history with the help of Lord and Lady Russells stand-ins.


Greg took along his great grandfathers large leather bound visitors book from the Russell tenure, which contained signatures of many famous names of the era, including Herbert Asquith (later Prime Minister), Arthur Sullivan (Gilbert and Sullivan) and Harry Furniss (caricaturist), who embellished his entries with numerous humorous sketches.


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