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CLAREMONT HOUSE AND ITS LIBRARY, BUILT FOR THE GREAT LORD CLIVE

CLAREMONT HOUSE AND ITS LIBRARY, BUILT FOR THE GREAT LORD CLIVE

On the site of a mansion belonging to Sir John Vanbrugh near Esher, Lord Clive, the great administrator of India, had the huge house of Claremont built in 1769. The architect was the celebrated "Capability Brown," who amassed a large fortune by landscape gardening and building country mansions. Macaulay records that the Surrey peasants thought the walls were being built of an extra thickness to keep out the devil, who they were convinced would have his Lordship sooner or later. Queen Victoria took possession of Claremont in 1882.

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