Situated in West Clandon, Surrey, Clandon House was built by the Venetian architect, Giacomo Leoni in the Early 1730’s.
The History of Clandon House
Replacing an Elizabethan property which was bought in 1641 by Sir Richard Onslow. The new building was commissioned by his great-grandson Thomas, 2nd Baron Onslow. Many members of the Onslow family followed political careers—three of them, including Arthur Onslow, were Speakers of the House of Commons.
Clandon Park’s interiors, which were finished into the 1740s, feature a two-storey Marble Hall, containing marble chimney pieces by English sculptor Michael Rysbrack. The building now houses a fine collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain, textiles and carpets, including the Ivo Forde Meissen collection of Italian comedy figures and Mortlake tapestries. The building also houses the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment Museum.
It has been a National Trust property since 1956. Since being presented to the National Trust, the Mansion has been extensively restored and redecorated. The House has magnificent rooms including the two – storied Marble Hall, one of the finest examples in Europe.
The gardens, designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, have not changed since they were laid out in 1770. The Gardens include a parterre on the South side overlooked by a grotto, Maori House and Dutch Gardens on the East side.
The Ghosts of Clandon House
A ghostly lady, wearing a cream coloured satin dress is said to walk the land surrounding the house carrying a large hunting knife. She is reported to have once walked through the front wall of the house, appearing in every room before materialising through the back wall. Thought to be the spirit of the wife of Thomas Onslow, who sadly died before her dream house was completed.
A male ghost with overgrown facial hair is also said to haunt the area, and also another female spirit, this time dressed in black.