Surrey

Clandon Park House fire: Weddings take place elsewhere

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Image caption Clandon Park was due to host 27 weddings in 2015

Two couples who were due to get married at a fire-ravaged mansion have been found an alternative venue, Surrey County Council has said.

The blaze at Clandon Park House on Wednesday left the structure gutted.

The National Trust-owned Grade I-listed property, near Guildford, is a popular wedding venue, with 27 weddings due to take place there in 2015.

The trust said a "significant amount" of the mansion's collection had been saved from the fire.

However, it is still not known what caused it or whether the house can be restored.

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Image caption Large parts of the mansion's collection were damaged in the fire
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Image caption It is not yet known what started the fire

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "Following the devastating fire at Clandon Park, we've done all we can to ensure two weddings due to take place this weekend can proceed at alternative venues on the days the couples intended.

'We've applied to the General Register Office for the wedding notice period to be waived and we'll also be contacting other couples who have booked ceremonies at Clandon Park to give them any advice and support they need."

About 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height and crews managed to save a number of valuable antiques, which have now been put into storage.

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Image caption The National Trust does not yet know whether the house can be restored

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