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Claverton Manor (American Museum in Britain)  England 
Bath, Bath & North East Somerset, England

Circa Date: 1820

Status: Fully Extant

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
Phonetic Pronunciation of House Name

Location
Country
England
District Today
Bath & North East Somerset
 Historic County
Somserset, Somersetshire, Avon
 City / Town / Village
Bath
 Latitude
51.3768
 Longitude
-2.311

Date
Start Date
Completion Date
Circa Date
1820
Images

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The Staircase Dome
Garden Urns
View from the Rear Façade
Architects

Designed   House for John Vivian
Date   1820

Extant / Listed / References

Extant
Extant Type
Fully Extant
Extant Details

Listed
House Listed As 
Grade I
Gardens Listed As  
Grade II
Country House:  Yes

References
Vitruvius Britannicus
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
Country Life
CXXIX, 1532, 1961.
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
Access / Ownership / Seat

Access
Open to Public Please note: Houses listed as being open "By Appointment" are usually country house hotels, B&Bs, or schools.
Yes
Historic Houses Association Member
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
01225-460-503
Fax Number
01225-469-160
Email
Website
Awards

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
Private Non-Profit
Primary Current Ownership Use
Museum
Current Ownership Use / Details
House is owned by The Trustees of the American Museum in Britain.

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
A Past Seat(s) of
John Vivian family, early 19th century.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

History
Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
John Vivian
House & Family History
Perched on a sublime hilltop site, Claverton Manor is a Regency style stone house of the 1820s designed by Jeffry Wyatville. The site was originally occupied by a manor purchased in 1758 by Ralph Allen, the promoter of Bath stone and a prime developer of the city. It was was at Claverton Manor on July 26, 1897, for the Primrose League, that Winston Churchill delivered his first political speech. Today Claverton is home to the American Museum in Britain. The Museum was founded by two antique collectors, an American, Dallas Pratt (1914-94), and a Briton, John Judkyn (1913-63), and opened to the public for the first time on July 1, 1961. Presented as a series of period rooms, the exhibits cover every period of American history, and are particularly strong in rooms and furnishings from New England. Because John Judkyn was a peace-loving Quaker, the Museum contains no militaria.
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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Comments

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
The garden is set into the valley of the River Avon and has fine views over the valley and the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Museum employed Lanning Roper to design a mixed herbaceous border and there is an arboretum with a fine collection of American trees. The Colonial Herb Garden and the Mount Vernon Garden, a recreation of George Washington’s Virginia garden, are some of the Museum’s primary attractions.
Chapel & Church

Movies
Location for Movies / TV
Bibliography

Author   NA
Year Published   1999
Reference  


Author   NA
Year Published   1982
Reference  



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