between Guildford and Epsom in Surrey, stands a remarkable
neo-Norman Gatehouse acting as the entrance to East Horsley
Place, a 2,000-acre estate. Mr. William Currie bought the
estate in 1784 and built a new house, in the mock-Elizabethan
style, at the highest point in his park.
May 1840, the 8th Lord King acquired East Horsley Place,
from Currie and began incredible alterations to the unpretentious
mock Elizabethan mansion and surrounding buildings. At the
age of 30 he married Augusta Ada Byron (known as Ada) daughter
of Lord Byron, the poet. In 1838 he made her a Countess
when he was created Viscount Ockham and 1st Earl of Lovelace
on the occasion of the coronation of Queen Victoria. The
name "Lovelace" was resurrected from Ada's past lineage...