Sayes Court

Sayes Court, watercolour painting by John Hassell, 1824

Sayes Court was a mansion, one of the largest houses in the parish of Chertsey. It was probably named after Edmund Say who owned it in the 15th century.   In 1650 it was described as “a very faire timber house covered with tiles” with ten bedrooms. For over 200 years the rent for the house plus the estate was £2 6s. 8d. (£185.53 in today’s money).

In the early 16th century King Henry VIII purchased Sayes Court along with Oatlands and for nearly 300 years it was leased to tenants. At various times it was occupied by a former Lord Mayor of London, a Keeper of the King’s Deer, and James Paine who was the architect of Walton and Chertsey Bridges, and it is said to have been visited by Queen Elizabeth I and King James I.

Sayes Court, when it was the home of Norman Payne, 1880s

Sayes Court, when it was the home of Norman Payne, 1880s

In the 19th and 20th centuries the house was allowed to decay. In 1928 it was demolished and houses were built on either side of the carriage drive. This cul-de-sac is now called Sayes Court. The lodge to the mansion survived and is now no. 25 Liberty Lane.