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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.
Rare wedding suit returns to Claydon
We're delighted to see the return of an extremely rare wedding suit, worn by Sir Edmund Verney to his wedding in 1662. The wedding suit consists of a doublet, breeches, cape, gloves and a baldrick (to hold a sword) and is made of damask, decorated with ribbons. It has undergone extensive conservation and will be on display from 15 March until 2 November 2014.