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Splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting
In the 1750s at his family seat in Buckinghamshire, Sir Ralph Verney set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur that would dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Thirty years on he was facing financial ruin.
Today the interiors that remain are among the most ambitious and lavish ever created in the 18th century.
Claydon has been occupied by the Verney family for more than 550 years; the place is a testament to their fascinating fluctuating fortunes, from their close involvement in the English Civil War to the family connection with Florence Nightingale.
Get involved with 500 years of history
Whether you want to meet new people, learn a new skill or simply enhance your CV, we have lots of opportunities available to suit everyone.
Pop in to one of our Volunteer Coffee Mornings on Saturday 11th or Wednesday 15th January between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Meet the Claydon team and chat about volunteering over a cup of tea.