See his journals and letters (ed. by his sons, M. V. Brett and Oliver Brett, Viscount Esher, 4 vol., 1934-38).
Esher appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Aissela and Aissele. It was held partly by the Abbey of the Cross in Normandy; partly by William de Waterville; partly by Reginald; partly by Hugh do Port; partly by Odard balistarius (probably a crossbowman). Its domesday assets were: 14 hides 6 ploughs, of meadow. It rendered £6 2s 0d.
In the sixteenth century, Henry VIII of England commandeered the area as a royal hunting ground, and the town remained wealthy. Clive of India built the Claremont mansion, and this later became a royal residence used by Queen Victoria. Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg lived there until he became King of the Belgians. Queen Victoria lent the house to the exiled French King Louis-Philippe and his consort Queen Marie-Amelie after the revolution of 1848.
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees also owned a house called The Firs in Esher, during 1970's-2004 and sold after his death. This is where the hit Single 'Juliet' was written and recorded by Maurice & Robin for brother Robin's solo album project in the 1980s. Many unknown recording have taken place with members of the Beatles popping over for late night recording sessions.
The local newspaper is the Esher News and Mail
Esher has been presented in some parts of the media as a particularly ordinary part of suburbia. Monty Python referred to Esher at least three times. In Episode 9 of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a troupe member dressed as an 'African Native' said: 'Full frontal nudity? Not in this part of Esher.'
Then in Episode 31, a tourist played by Eric Idle complaining about package holidays ranted about 'middle-class stockbrokers' wives busily buying identical holiday villas in suburban development plots just like Esher, in case the Labour government gets in again…'
Furthermore in Episode 36, a character played by Michael Palin was complaining about a rare disease that affected his use of language and stated: 'It's so embarrassing when my wife and I go to an orgy.' John Cleese's character responded: 'A party?!' To which Palin responded: 'No, an orgy. We live in Esher.'
The theme was taken up again in Only Fools and Horses. In the episode 'Yuppy Love', Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Del Boy (David Jason) are arguing over the morality of Del's decision to buy, and then hopefully sell, their Peckham council flat. Rodney says: 'Del, council properties were built so the poorer classes would have somewhere to live! If they start selling them to Hooray Henrys where are they gonna go?' To which Del casually replies: 'Esher, Orpington - somewhere like that.'
Esher was often referred to in The Good Life by Margo Leadbetter as both a place to aspire to after Surbiton and somewhere where behaviour was more lax.
In the Doctor Who episode 'Black Orchid', several characters believe Nyssa's home planet of Traken to be near Esher. One character states that Nyssa's lack of knowledge of Esher shows good taste.
Moore Place, on the outskirts of Esher, featured as the restaurant in the fourth episode of the first series of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.