1860 - 1910
William Francis died in 1860 at the comparatively early age of 48. The memorial cross that stands at the Cheam gate entrance to Nonsuch Park was erected in his memory.
His eldest son Captain William Robert Gamul Farmer left the Grenadier
Guards and returned to Cheam to run the family estate. Under the supervision of "The Captain" the mansion established itself in a prominent role in Victorian and then Edwardian society.
In Britain at this time, there was no greater outlet for wealthy excess than horse racing and the highlight of the Nonsuch Mansion season was the annual Derby Party in June. Guests could enjoy racing at Epsom before retiring to the mansion for high tea and parlour games.
Between 1860 and 1910, Nonsuch Mansion became a haven for Royal guests, military heroes and political dignitaries.