1838 - 1860
Samul Farmer was succeeded by his grandson William Francis Gamul Farmer in 1838, the eldest of a family of seven sons and four daughters.
A keen horticulturist, William was responsible for the gardens in their present form as well as constructing a range of greenhouses and hot houses to raise plants collected from all over the world. Throughout the 1840s and 1850s, Nonsuch Mansion was famous for its award winning exotic orchids and
azaleas. (The Orchid Room is named in his honour).
The entire estate began to grow to better suit the needs of a civilised Georgian family with twelve children. Nursery gardens, glasshouses, orchards, an ice house and a home farm were built to supply the needs of a busy kitchen.
If you would like to experience life in the at the mansion during this time, you can visit the Service Wing, which has been lovingly restored by the Friends of Nonsuch.