History of Clevedon Hall
Finzel’s refinery burnt to the ground in a fire in I 847.
He rebuilt a state of the art refinery at a cost of £250,000 (or £23m in today’s money), and he pledged to give a third of his profits to charity.
Finzel I was good friends with fellow countryman George Muller, his charitable donations helped to build Miil/er’s Ashley Down Orphanage.
Conrad Finzel I enjoyed a daily dip in the sea!
Conrad Finzel II was a great horticulturist, and at one time every single variety of holly was housed here.
We understand that Finzel stored his large collection of silver in the underground safes (all 4.Sst of it!), alongside his /,200+ bottles of vintage wines & port.
The Finzels, Hills and Burdens were all great philanthropists and gave generously to charity.
The Hill family loved to dress-up and throw ‘Theatricals’, or what we know as amateur dramatics, here at the hall.
The gardens used to house extensive glasshouses, where melons, cucumbers, peaches and even bananas were grown.
Clevedon Hall had one of the very first Japanese Gardens in the country c. 1925, it had a Japanese tea house on the shore of the lake.
When C/evedon Hall was a school, the underground vaults were used to store exam papers.
The contents of St. Brandon’s was auctioned to recover debts of nearly £1 m. Among the 800 lots were: 19 pianos, 8 singer sewing machines, a potter’s wheel and a ballet bar