The Clandon Park project: a timeline

The upper level of the house underneath the scaffolding roof

Since the night of the fire on April 29 2015 we’ve been through many extraordinary moments, both tough times and triumphs. The Clandon Park restoration project represents one of the most significant and ambitious projects the National Trust has ever embarked upon. An enormous undertaking, we now have the opportunity not only to show our respect for the heritage of the past, but also to create a new legacy for the future.  

Here you can follow a timeline of events from the early days of the project, through each major milestone, right up to the present day. We’ll continue to post developments here and update you with our progress on the journey towards our ultimate goal, welcoming visitors back to a restored, reimagined and rebuilt Clandon Park.

Latest updates

04 Mar 20

400 year old clock restored

A rare clock dating back to the 1600s will chime once more at Clandon Park. With the help of a horologist (otherwise known as a clock specialist) we’ve set this rare clock 400-year-old timepiece ticking again.

More on the cockle-shell clock

The cockle-shell clock at Clandon Park

03 Feb 20

Planning essential repairs

We're now developing plans for essential structural works, which we expect to begin onsite in late 2020, subject to gaining the necessary planning consents. The house is safe to work in and visit; these are repair and conservation works that are needed to stabilise the substantial parts of the building that survived the fire and prepare for the works that will take place later in the programme. They could include repairs to the brick and stonework to the main elevations, chimney stacks, roof-level balustrade and internal walls, as well as the careful removal of some of the redundant 20th-century fixtures and fittings.

Clandon Park after the fire

03 Nov 19

Our busiest year

2019 was our busiest year for visitors since the fire. We’ve welcomed thousands of people every year to explore the house and share their responses and ideas. We’ve worked with universities, schools and history groups, welcomed photographers, writers and families. Bringing people into the process is what this project is all about, so seeing our visitors grow each year is a privilege.

Family in the garden at Clandon Park, Surrey