Friday, 20 July 2018

Clandon Park

Hello

Thanks for visiting.

You may remember my previous posts here, here and here about the National Trusts's Clandon Park property which sadly suffered a dreadful fire.  As mentioned before, Architects have now been chosen to work on the building recreating some of the lost rooms and providing new areas for exhibitions.

This is the last year that you can visit the house in it's present state before it is closed for several years while the building work takes place.

On this visit, the basement was also open.  It was here that the fire started, the café and shop were located here too.


This is the entrance to the basement.


There would have been a time that I sat here eating a cheese scone.
You can see right up, through the floors that would have been above.


The charred beams are apparent.

The modern paint peeled off to show the old paint underneath. 
I couldn't resist taking a few more  (similar) photos of the atmospheric ground floor rooms.

The fabulous Marble Hall, what a tragedy.






The State Bedroom lost its modern red wallpaper to reveal blue panelling underneath.  Within this room, the most expensive piece of furniture would have proudly stood.  Luckily the silk embroidered bed curtains had just been restored before the fire and were in the cupboard so the fire men were able to dash them to safety.  If you'd like to read more about the bed, have a look here.





As soon as the renovation is complete, I'll be back to have a look!

Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. It’s heartbreaking to see so much beauty destroyed. I’m lucky that I did manage to visit many years ago. It will be interesting to see how they restore it. B x

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    1. Although there will be a bit of a wait while they get on with the work, it will be worth it in the end, I'm sure. x

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  2. So much damage. It will be interesting to visit again once the work is completed.

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  3. Heartbreaking, so much damage. That is one project that will be years in the making.

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    1. It's bound to take a few years but at least they've already cleared the site or it should soon start to look better.

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  4. It is such a shame that nearly all was lost, it will be a painstaking and costly business to bring it back to even half of what it was.It will be fascinating to see when the work is conpleted:)

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    1. It definitely will. You can't help but think of the second fire at the Glasgow School of Art and hope the same thing doesn't happen here. 😊

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  5. It must have been a shock to hear about the devastating fire not long after your visit in 2015. From your photos of the Marble Hall and other areas of the house on later visits you can imagine how wonderful it must have looked before the fire. The careful clearup and now the restoration project has brought many experts together. It'll be interesting for you to see the finished huilding when the public can visit once more.

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    1. I couldn't believe it when I first heard and was so sad. Although I'm sure it will be wonderful when done, all those beautiful ornaments and furniture can't be replaced.

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