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Splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting

In the 1750s at his family seat in Buckinghamshire, 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.

Creepy Claydon this October

Things that go bump in the night

Things that go bump in the night

We are hosting a week of Creepy Claydon trails and tours over October half-term. Explore Claydon with a trail during the day and wear a warm coat and bring a torch to come and explore Claydon after dark. Will you come across our resident ghosts which are said to include Sir Edmund Verney, the standard bearer and a grey lady?

Get involved with 500 years of history

Find out about our history from one of these characters

You can

  • meet new people
  • learn a new skill
  • enhance your CV
  • support your local property

We have lots of volunteering opportunities available to suit everyone. 

Keep checking our website for all the exciting events happening at Claydon this coming year that you could be part of.

Quirky trails for Autumn

We're hosting a free quirky Claydon trail with Harry the Ho Ho bird lending a helping hand to solve the puzzles. Enjoy exploring Claydon and its unusual interior. Then perhaps crunch through the leaves to the lake and feed the birds.

Claydon's colourful characters

Claydon has many colourful characters

Mad Mary was Edmund 'Mun' Verney's third wife. Shortly after their marriage in 1662 she became ill and was deemed to be mad. Her treatment included cutting off her hair and blood letting. She continued to suffer from bouts of her illness until her death in 1715 aged 74.


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