A sad National Trust House.


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Today we had a chance to visit The National Trust property Clandon Park. A Grade 1 listed building 18th century Palladian mansion in West Clandon near Guilford Surrey. It has been a National Trust property since 1956. The house in about to be cocooned to protect it as much as possible from the weather while its future is decided. On 29th April this year a fire started in the basement 16 fire engines attended with more that 80 fire fighters but the fire quickly reached the roof. The mansion was left a shell the roof ceilings and floors have all fallen into the basement. No one was hurt and a significant number of items were salvaged as the fire spread. Much was lost. The house was a hospital in WW1 and the Surrey infantry Regimental Museum was housed in the house since 1981. It is believed 6 Victoria Crosses were among regimental medals lost in the fire. A football kicked across no-mans land on the 1st Day of the Somme was destroyed.

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Close up of fire damage through one of the doors

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