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Friday, 1 May 2015

UPDATE: Clandon Park



The National Trust says it has saved a 'significant amount' of the collection from Clandon Park in Surrey which was ravaged by fire on Wednesday.

It's believed the fire started in the basement.

Among the items housed in the mansion were 18th century furniture, porcelain and textiles.



Just one room in the Grade-1 listed building near Guildford is thought to have been unaffected by the blaze.

The third party company which runs weddings at Clandon Park is contacting everyone who has a function or a wedding booking by tomorrow, and has secured alternative licensed venues for the couple holding their wedding this weekend.

Clandon Park was one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion. Built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s, the estate has been passed down through generations of this famous family.

Interiors were faithful to the period, featuring original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces, the most impressive of which was Marble Hall.

Left to the National Trust in 1956, the house was refurbished under the guidance of interior design legend John Fowler. Today the house contains a major collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles, much of which was acquired by connoisseur Hannah Gubbay.

While the wider parkland is still in the hands of the Onslow family, you can still see seven acres of gardens that surround the house. These are home to a small parterre garden, the walled Dutch Garden and Hinemihi, a Maori meeting house brought back from New Zealand in 1892.
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