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Baddesley Clinton Guidebook

Baddesley Clinton Guidebook

Baddesley Clinton
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Baddesley Clinton was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. This long history can be read in its walls. The model of a medieval moated manor house, Baddesley Clinton has much to tell us about England’s historical architecture, although interpreting all that history can be a challenge.

This guidebook is intended as a companion to your visit and also to help you read the trickier-to-read sections of the building’s history. Indeed, Baddesley Clinton is full of intriguing corners and secret hiding places. Constant in their adherence to the Roman Catholic faith, the Ferrers family made their home a sanctuary not only for them, but also for persecuted Catholics who were hidden from priest hunters here during the 1590s.

The stories of the house inspired the residents who came later, including Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian. Proud of his family’s history, he filled the house with coats of arms in stained glass, carved oak and stone. Later still, a group of artists came to Baddesley Clinton and found it a source of great inspiration; after them a couple who devoted their energies to restoring what you see today, before giving it to the National Trust for safekeeping.

This house has inspired people in many ways, and with the devotion to its care now the task of the Trust, it’s hoped it will inspire many more.

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4 Average Rating 4/5 (3 reviews)
5 stars A worthwhile and informative experience on a wet Sunday afternoon Written by

Our second visit to Baddesley Clinton added a further dimension to the property for us. The introductory talk was both informative and enjoyable, setting the the scene and suggesting further topics to discuss with volunteers during our tour. The deeper insight into 'The Victorian Quartet' was of particular interest. All the volunteers we spoke to were both approachable and knowledgeable.

5 stars Baddesley Clinton Written by

An absorbing account of people associated with the house, especially the connection with the Gunpowder Plot and the Priest Hole. Also clear floor plans.

1 stars Poor - try a charity shop for an older version! Written by

These new brochures can no longer be described as guidebooks as they do not guide the visitor. They are more a collection of semi-random notes for people who have the attention span of a goldfish. None of the rooms in the property are described in detail whilst the page on the Library doesn't even mention the books! Certainly not worth the money.

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