History

Onslow family origins

The Onslow family were first recorded in the 12th century. Hundreds of years later Roger Onslow moved to London to further the family wool business.

His son Richard entered politics, becoming the 'Black Speaker' during the reign of Elizabeth I. His grandson, another Richard nicknamed the red fox of Surrey, purchased Clandon Park in 1641.

The Onslow family at Clandon (part 1)

Plantation heiress Elizabeth Knight who married Thomas Onslow © NTPL/Angelo Hornak

Plantation heiress Elizabeth Knight who married Thomas Onslow

The Onslow family have lived at Clandon Park since 1641. Their political fortunes continued to grow as did the house around them.

The Onslow family at Clandon (part 2)

William Hillier Onslow photographed at Government House, New Zealand © Hinemihi Collection

William Hillier Onslow photographed at Government House, New Zealand

Clandon suffered great neglect followed by restoration to its glorious past. All was well until war came to Britain.

The Onslow Speakers

Arthur Onslow pictured with then Prime Minister Robert Walpole © NTPL/John Hammond

Arthur Onslow pictured with then Prime Minister Robert Walpole

The Onslow family have provided three speakers for the House of Commons including Arthur Onslow, known as The Great Speaker.

The First World War

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