Denham Jordan

Denham Jordan (1836-1920) was born in Milton Regis, Kent and though he moved with his family to Dorking in about 1849 he always signed himself “Son of the Marshes”. A house painter and decorator by trade; he worked on the restoration of Clandon Park. Jordan lived for a time at 9 Cotmandene and later moved to Lincoln Road and finally Hampstead Road until his final illness forced him into the Infirmary.

He was a keen observer of nature and a talented painter of wild life but was best known during his life for his descriptions of wild life of hill and stream which first appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine. The articles were eventually published in ten books, among which are “On Surrey Hills” and “Woodland, Hill and Stream”.

His obituary claimed that there was nothing better in the English language than his pictures of wildlife. He wrote with minute detail and charm of the countryside he knew.