House & Family History: Apps Court was the largest House in Walton-on-Thames until it was purchased (1899) and demolished by the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company, who created two reservoirs on the Estate. The grounds of the Estate are used today for seasonal events such as archery and firework displays, which are open to the public.
Collections: One of Gainsborough's most important portraits from his Bath period, "The Byam Family," circa 1762-66, was in the collection at Apps Court. The portrait shows George Byam of Apps, together with his wife, Louisa, and their daughter, Selina. The painting remained in the family until 1955, when it was presented to Marlborough College. In 1999 the college took the decision to sell the painting to raise cash for a new performing arts center and swimming pool and "The Byam Family" was consigned to Christie's to be sold on Jun 10, 1999 (with an estimate of £3-5 million), but, just before the auction, the painting was sold for an undisclosed sum to an unnamed charitable arts foundation. It has now been deposited on a long-term loan to the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath.
House Listed: Demolished
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat of: George Byam, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Unknown
Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown
Ownership Details: The grounds are used today for events such as archery and fireworks, which are open to the public.
House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only
Historic Houses Member: No