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George Cubitt funerary monument, St Barnabas Church, Ranmore Common, Surrey

George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe (4 June 1828 – 26 February 1917) was a British politician, the son of Thomas Cubitt, the leading London builder and property developer of his day.

Educated at Trinity, Cambridge, where he graduated with first a BA and later took his honorary MA, Cubitt served as Conservative Party Member of Parliament for West Surrey from 1860 to 1885, and then for Epsom until 1892, when elevated to the Lords as Baron Ashcombe of Dorking, Surrey and of Bodiam Castle, Sussex, having been invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1880. He also served as Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, and Deputy Lieutenant of the counties of both Surrey and Middlesex.

Cubitt purchased his estate in Bodiam, East Sussex, from local farmer Thomas Levett, descendant of an old Sussex family and owner of Court Lodge Farm, for £1,039 on August 4, 1862.

With his wife, Laura Joyce, Cubitt fathered 9 children; 3 sons, though only the third, Henry, survived beyond infancy, and 6 daughters.

He is buried in the churchyard of St Barnabas Church, Ranmore Common, Surrey.


He is a great-great grandfather of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Drummond and
John Ivatt Briscoe
Member of Parliament for West Surrey
2-seat constituency
(with John Ivatt Briscoe, to 1870;
Lee Steere, 1870–1880;
William St John Fremantle Brodrick, 1880–1885)

Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Epsom
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Townsend Bucknill
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
Baron Ashcombe
Succeeded by
Henry Cubitt


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