Baddesley Clinton: The story of a house
The house and estate at Baddesley are an incredible survival story. It was the home of the same family, the Ferrers, for 500 years. And, despite being short of money, it passed from father to son for 12 generations.
The family remained loyal to their Catholic faith through difficult times, risking their lives giving refuge to Catholic priests.
The estate survived the Civil War and its aftermath, the Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell, but at huge financial cost which impoverished the estate for generations to come.
In the nineteenth century Baddesley became a haven for four friends who lived there together as “The Quartet”.
When the house was offered for sale in 1940, the estate covered the same area as it had in 1699 but was in a seriously dilapidated condition. It was saved from ruin by Thomas Walker who began a 30-year programme of restoration and repair.
Baddesley Clinton passed into the hands of the National Trust in 1980. Repairs were completed and an ongoing programme of conservation began. The house and grounds were opened to the public and have welcomed thousands of visitors every year.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of the house and the stories of the people who made this the beautiful and fascinating place it is, follow the links below.
Much of the information on these pages was found in the book Baddesley Clinton: The Living Waters written by the Baddesley Clinton Archive Group. This group of volunteer researchers have compiled this exhaustive history of the house which is available for purchase in our bookshop. The editors of these pages are very grateful for their efforts.