West Clandon

This is one of the chain of settlements on a line of springs below the North Downs. The village has developed as a ribbon of houses alongside the north-south road from Woking to Newlands Corner. West Clandon is 3 miles east of Guildford, about a mile from East Clandon.

Since the opening of Clandon railway station in 1885, the earliest scatter of old buildings has been drawn together by infilling to produce this elongated form. The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul sits at the southern end of the settlement, where The Street has its most definite bend in its otherwise gentle meandering.

Click here to see the catalogue of the SS Peter and Paul, West Clandon Parish Records (1536 -1962) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Development to the west has always been constricted by the historic land ownership of Clandon Park by the Onslow family. The house is now in the hands of the National Trust and open to the public at specified times. It was built in 1713-29 by Giacomo Leoni for the second Baron Onslow. The first mention of plans for the project occurs in 1713 and the house was substantially completed by 1729. The exterior has four unrelated brick facades with sparse stone dressings, but inside is one of the gayest sequences of Palladian rooms in England. The grounds were landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown c.1770. The house is a Grade I listed building.

In the early 1820s John Hassell painted watercolours of ‘Clandon [Park], the seat of Lord Onslow’ and ‘Clandon, West, [the seat of] Lord Cranley’.

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3 thoughts on “West Clandon”

  1. betty parish says:

    I’m trying to trace any known staff records of clandon park staff between 1870 and 1880.my grandmother was a lady’s maid to a lady onslow then and each time i try the system is ‘probably down’for some reason or other.Any suggestions?grandmother was named Sarah Baker Stone born 1860.

  2. J Robert Pegg says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am conducting research on physical education in Surrey`s elementary schools between 1900 and 1939. For the purpose of this enquiry my interest would be in finding out if, in your archives, there was a lake or pond etc within the boundaries of Clandon Park where the boys of the West and East Clandon Schools went to swim during the early part of the 20th century. I have taken notes from the Log Books of the West Clandon School which might suggest that swimming lessons took place locally and Clandon Park seems an obvious place where this might have been so. It was not unusual for children from the elementary schools in Surrey to undertake swimming lessons in all sorts of places where water was available, since, as you are no doubt aware swimming facilities were not of the advanced standards which they are today.
    Bob Pegg.

  3. Carole Bradley says:

    My father, who was born in 1925, went to the village school in Bramley. He learnt to swim in the river. He said that every year, presumably in the summer, the whole school went down to the river. One end of a rope was tied to a tree and a teacher would wade, or swim, across the river to tie the other end of the rope to a tree on the opposite bank. The children would then use this rope the way we use the handrail at the side of the pool. Dad said that the headmaster thought it was really important that all the children learnt to swim..

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