Clarendon Park, Wiltshire

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Entrance gate to Clarendon Park

Clarendon Park, Wiltshire is a Grade I listed building, estate and civil parish near Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. At the 2011 census the population of the parish was 246.[1]

The parish is almost entirely farmland, with parkland and gardens around the 18th-century house. In the southwest the parish extends to the Petersfinger area on the western outskirts of Salisbury, and the west bank of the Salisbury Avon. The Clarendon Way recreational footpath passes through the parish.[2]

History[edit]

Clarendon Forest housed a royal hunting lodge in the 12th century, which was expanded into a royal palace in the 13th. In the 16th century the buildings reverted to a hunting lodge and were then abandoned. Today only foundations and part of one wall survive.[3]

House[edit]

The house was completed in 1737 for Peter Bathurst, MP for Salisbury, and remodelled internally in 1814 and 1920.[4] After having been passed down the Hervey-Bathurst family, it was bought by the Christie-Miller family around 1920.[5]

The house was the setting for the chandelier sequence in an episode of the television series Only Fools and Horses entitled "A Touch of Glass" and first screened in 1982.[5] The house was bought by Marc Jonas and his wife in 2006.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Clarendon Way". Hantsweb. Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Clarendon Palace (1002996)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Clarendon House (1023949)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Batten, Roland (30 June 2006). "Young couple snap up Clarendon 'for £30m'". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Chittenden, Maurice; Iredale, Will (5 November 2006). "City squires snap up farms". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°03′20″N 1°43′22″W / 51.0555°N 1.7227°W / 51.0555; -1.7227