Arthur’s son George, 4th Lord Onslow, eventually inherited Clandon Park. He commemorated his father and the other Onslow men to hold the position, in the Speakers Parlour. He was made Earl of Onslow and Viscount Cranley by George III in 1801.
A parting of the ways
Thomas, 2nd Earl, was a fun loving eccentric. Like his father he was close to the King, his second wife was a favourite lady in waiting of Queen Charlotte. Unfortunately, Thomas and his son Arthur were cut from very different cloth. They shared a love of poetry but little else.
This mutual dislike eventually exploded in an argument over dinner and Arthur left Clandon for good. When Arthur inherited Clandon in 1827 he simply ordered it to be shut up. He sold the Great Speakers collection of portraits and his library and allowed the estate to fall into disrepair. Having lost his wife and son his only remaining child was his daughter, Lady Augusta, and so the estate passed to his nephew.