31 July – Ugbrooke House and the Cliffords

Helen Turnbull holds a BA (Hons) degree in History with Education. She was Archivist to Lord Clifford of Chudleigh for over ten years. Her presentation gives a potted history of the family as warriors, courtiers, cartographers, magistrates, socialites and guardians of Ugbrooke House.

The present building was remodelled c.1760 by Robert Adam. In the interior, many of the features designed by Adam remain today, including his original drawings. The park surrounding the house is a testament to the talent of Lancelot Capability Brown.

From the grandeur of the house in Edwardian times, Ugbrooke was to experience damaging indignities during World War II after which it became a grain store. In recent years, the house has been lovingly restored and is once more a real delight to see. This talk reflects the talents and the treasures of those who have lived there.