List Entry Number: 1029353
Heritage Category: Listing
Location: DOVECOT, 20 YARDS SOUTH OF TEMPLE COURT, CLANDON PARK, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey
There are a surprising number of residential properties on the Clandon Park Parkland. Most of these are farmhouses and cottages provided for existing Clandon Park employees. One such property is a Dowerhouse, Temple Court. The property has Clandon Park staff apartments and gardens. A private office (A Listed building currently Listed as a Dovecot) was originally accessible via two doors, one from a private drawing room terrace and the other from a private south garden. In this image you have a view from the Drawing Room. The door that is visible in this photograph is now the only entrance. The building is not a Dovecot. To cause even further confusion (relating to the Listing) a recent document and photograph of the office has been published on the internet by a contractor who launched a conservation competition for a neighbour's property. This company, who published the photograph, describes the office as a Listed Dairy ! As far as the family are able to ascertain, this building was originally built as an office. The family have the original early C18 Estate Office Cabinet that was likely made for it by a local furniture maker and it is still used regularly for Estate business (currently in Lord Onslow's Estate office in Leicestershire) . The Office still retains other original features (possibly also made by the same hand), such as cupboards and shelves that are in daily use. What the family believe to be an original fireplace with a chimney are also still able to be used today.
A later (Victorian) extension to the office was added because more space was required to store private family and Estate documents. Obviously wages for Estate staff are no longer dispensed from this office by the Factor of Temple Court Farm, so the Listed building, part C18 & part Victorian, has been in private daily use as a private office and store since the Estate Office was relocated. The building is maintained by the private owner of Temple Court who has chosen to contribute to the Earl of Onslow's Clandon Park Conservation Management Plan for Temple Court Farm and the other Clandon Park agricultural parkland holdings.