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Hope for Clandon following fire
Clandon Park was built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s. As one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion it featured original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces, the most impressive of which were in the Marble Hall. The house was refurbished during the 1960s to house a collection of 18th-century furniture and porcelain acquired by collector Hannah Gubbay.
Sadly, on Wednesday 29 April 2015, a fire broke out at Clandon. Everyone was evacuated from the building but the fire caused significant damage, effectively leaving the house a shell. A well-rehearsed multi-agency salvage operation was carried out, but salvage is limited in so severe a fire. We’d like to thank all the agencies involved and the local community, for coming together and supporting us.
Clandon Park is now completely closed to the public and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Access to Clandon Park Garden Centre remains unaffected. Our efforts are now focused on making the building safe to enter so we can begin the large scale salvage effort designed by leading experts. We’re hopeful that Clandon Park can be rebuilt and has a long-term future. It’s too early to say how, when and in what form it could be rebuilt, but as we get more information on the extent of the damage we’ll be able to take a clearer view on the potential options for the house.
We have received messages of support from all over the country and internationally – something we truly appreciate and value. Thank you.
We’re incredibly grateful for the many messages of support and generous donations we’ve received following the fire. To make a donation please call 0344 800 1895 or donate online. All donations are being held in a separate Clandon Appeal Fund. You can find out more about Clandon Park before the fire.
The Speakers’ Parlour at Clandon Park remained almost intact after the devastating fire which broke out on Wednesday 29 April. Objects from the room have been taken to safety and the ceiling and chimneypiece have also survived.
A significant amount of the collection has been saved from the Clandon Park fire thanks to the salvage operation. Our staff are now assessing what they’ve been able to save and determining what has been lost.
We are saddened to say that on Wednesday 29 April a fire broke out at Clandon Park. Everyone was evacuated safely but the fire caused significant damage. A multi-agency salvage operation is currently underway.
A fire broke out at Clandon Park in Surrey on Wednesday 29 April. It was one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion and contained a superb collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles.