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Description: Clandon Park
Date Listed: 14 June 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 288776
OS Grid Reference: TQ0421051218
OS Grid Coordinates: 504210, 151218
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2506, -0.5082
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TQ 05SW WEST CLANDON C.P. CLANDON PARK
4/195 Clandon Park
Country House. Designed in c.1713, built 1725-31 for Thomas Onslow by Giacomo Leoni,
Porte Cochere added in 1876, to west front, by the Fourth Earl of Onslow. Red brick
with stone dressings, roof obscured by parapets, probably tiled. Square plan, with
porch projecting to west, all four elevations different.
West front: main entrance - Two storeys and attic over basement. 9 bays, centre three
stone-faced and pedimented. Angle quoins to ends, stone plat band over ground floor
modillion cornices over first floor and attic, and balustraded parapet above. Square
attic windows under gauged brick heads, glazing bar sash windows on stone cill bands
to first floor. Centre three windows on first floor under pediment hoods on scrolls.
Six,plain arched,windows to ground floor, with two windows, flanking central porte
cochere, in rusticated range with impost mouldings. Round arched, doubled doors in
single storey, balustraded porte cochere with channelled rustication on front.
Impressive double flight staircase to front, in sedan pattern with balustrades.
Left hand return front - North facade - Two storeys and attic with basement, on ground
floor level on this front. Five bays, centre three projecting with rusticated brick
quoins to ground and first floors, and on ends, round-arch windows to ground floor,
square-stone porch below.
East front - garden front - Two storeys and attics over basements with plat band over
ground floor, cornice over first and attic floors and balustraded parapet above. 11
bays with centre three projecting slightly, over stone basement. Square windows
to attics, glazing bar sash windows on first and ground floors under gauged heads,
round arches to windows on ground floor. Fluted stone Corinthian pilasters to
centre bays on first floor, swags linking the pilasters, arched windows on ground
floor centre bays with linking impost moulding.
South front:- Two storeys and attics over basement with plat band over ground floor,
cornices over first and attic floors and balustraded parapets. Brick quoins to
angles. 5 bays, centre three projecting slightly with giant Corinthian pilasters
rising to the first floor. Stone swags over outer first floor windows.
Interior:- Rich interiors, the principal room of the house being the very fine
Entrance Hall:- Two storeys with two superimposed Corinthian orders, the upper
one smaller for perspective effect; Greek key pattern soffits to lower order.
Blind aedicules to three sides of first floor with gallery/corridor to fourth
side. Five doors in egg and dart surrounds lead to ground floor rooms around
the Hall. Two very fine fireplaces and overmantles by Rysbrack depicting Sacrifice
to Bacchus and Sacrifice to Diana. Broken crowning Pediments and flanking scrolls.
Baroque style plasterwork ceiling, attributed to Atari. Central cirlce with relief
of seated figures and complex symmetrical pattern around it, with shells and angle
cartouches. The limbs of the main figures spill out from the frame in Baroque
To the left of the Hall-plain C18 staircase with iron handrail, to the right a 3-
flight return staircase with half landings, C19, in C17 manner with carved newel
Morning Room:- Late Palladian, with oval ceiling plasterwork and urn frieze to
walls. Adamesque marble fireplace. Bay leaf garlands and egg and dart mouldings
Palladio Room:- Panelled plaster ceiling with geometrical angle patterns and
central oval. Light putti with low relief clouds to centre relief, deep frieze
and cornice to walls. C18 fireplace.
Clandon Park Contd..
Hunting Room:- Late C18 fireplaces. C17 pattern ceiling with angle garlands and
rectangular centre panel: modillioned cornice.
Green Drawing Room:- Central plaster oval to ceiling with attached roundels. Bay
leaf, garland freize, C18 fireplace with flanking caryatids and decorated bolection
moulding; swans-neck pediment to top.
Saloon:- Massive black marble fireplace with central white marble panel; grey marble
garlands to flanking piers. Eyebrow pediment to top. Oval plaster ceiling with
strapwork and cartouche decoration. Putti and classical figures to centre.
State Bedroom:- Modillion and bay leaf garland ceiling cornice, plasterwork ceiling.
State Dining Room:- Paired, lugged, classical, egg and dart fireplaces with
North West Corner of house containing Speakers Room etc., redecorated in Louis
Grounds laid out by Capability Brown in 1776.
PEVSNER: Buildings of England, Surrey (1971) pp 507-10
COUNTRY LIFE: Articles in Vol. 62 pp 366, 398 and 434.
Listing NGR: TQ0421051218
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