The chamber of secrets at Cliveden
In 2016, Cliveden marked our 350th anniversary, prompting us to re-open an historic chamber located below the South Terrace for the first time in 30 years. Although the chamber is now closed, you can still help us hypothesise the purpose of this mysterious room...
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An unsolved mystery
Mark Bradshaw, our General Manager, said: 'The 2nd Duke of Buckingham built Cliveden at a time when lavish masques and balls were held. It would be tempting to imagine therefore that this room was always intended to be used for musical recitals, although we can’t say for certain. What we do know is that an inventory from 1849 refers to it as the ‘sounding room’, suggesting that at this time at least it was used for music.
'We’re also fascinated by the marble floor with its inlaid star. Such impressive marble would have likely been cut on site, requiring a huge amount of effort which no doubt the Duke would have wanted to show off. We’re beginning to explore the significance of the star to see if it reveals anything further about the room.'