The Grove was built for Francis Heydon in 1548. It was bought by Thomas Villiers, who employed Matthew Brettingham to enlarge it. Some of this work, which was carried out between 1754-61, survives in the ground and first floors of the West wing.
In about 1780, Villiers, by now 1st Earl of Clarendon, commissioned Sir Robert Taylor to design a new formal entrance on the East side of the house.
The 4th Earl of Clarendon employed Edward Blore to extend and modernise the house in 1842. Further building works were undertaken ca.1870.
The Clarendons are believed to have moved out of the house in 1922, although it is thought that a girls’ school was resident at some time during the First World War. The Grove passed into institutional use and is now a luxury hotel.
I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the interior.
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