History

Image of Clumber House before it was demolished in 1938 © National Trust Images

Image of Clumber House before it was demolished in 1938

Follow in the footsteps of Dukes

Clumber Park was once part of Sherwood Forest until the Duke of Newcastle enclosed the estate as a hunting park for Queen Anne in 1707. Many of the remaining features provide clues to its grand past.

Many changes have taken place at Clumber over the last three centuries, visit our Discovery Centre to find out the full story.

The Dukes of Newcastle

Clumber Park has been home to the Dukes of Newcastle for over three centuries. Take a look at how the Dukes shaped Clumber over the years.

Did you know?

  • The Serpentine Lake took 15 years to build
  • Clumber was once a sporting estate in the 18th Century
  • The house was largely destroyed by fire in 1879 and rebuilt
  • The 7th Duke, who was crippled as an infant, built the chapel
  • The house was demolished in 1938
  • National Trust purchased the Park with the aid of donations in 1946

Historic gardens

When Clumber was still the seat of the Dukes of Newcastle, there were upwards of 30 gardeners employed on the Estate. 

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Reflections: Clumber Park now and then...

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