In 1928, Hitchcock’s star was rising and he’d signed a new contract with British International Pictures which reportedly made him the highest paid director in England.
According to some sources, Hitchcock discovered the picturesque village of Shamley Green during location filming for The Farmer’s Wife (1928). Whether that’s true or not, he decided to buy Winter’s Grace, a period property on Stroud Lane.
In 2008, The Telegraph newspaper published a fascinating article which included several photographs from inside the property.
More recently, I noticed that the owners applied in late 2011 for planning permission to make alternation to the property. The plans and documents can be found on the Waverley Borough Council web site and are well worth browsing through, as they contain details about Hitchcock’s alternations to the house in the 1930s.