Built / Designed For: Edward Clarke
House & Family History: Ardington is a lovely Baroque house built circa 1720 for Edward Clarke by the Strong family, master masons of Oxford who worked on Blenheim Palace. The Estate was purchased by Robert Vernon in 1833. Vernon is notable for making a fortune selling horses to the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars; he later donated a collection of paintings to the British nation.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 937
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: Baring family
Past Seat / Home of: Edward Clarke, 18th century. Robert Vernon, 19th century. Brigadier General Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, 1st Baron Wantage, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: Yes