Clandon Park fire: Salvage operation postponed due to safety concerns 

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Control of Clandon Park has been handed back to the National Trust two weeks after the blaze which destroyed the 18th century building

A baroque gilded picture frame is removed from Clandon Park as part of the salvage operation following the devastating fire, two weeks ago.

The National Trust has confirmed that the salvage operation at Clandon Park is to cease due to worries over the safety of the building.

Following the destructive fire on Wednesday April 29 which decimated the historic building, Surrey Fire & Rescue Service has finally handed over the site to the National Trust.

However, the trust has released a striking image of a gilded picture frame being saved from the building by firefighters.

Objects now taken to safety include a large Turkey carpet dating from the 19th century, an ornate ormolu chandelier, a decorative polished brass and steel fender from the fireplace and pieces of delicate, gilt etched glassware.

A National Trust spokesman said: “The Surrey Fire Service has now handed back Clandon Park to the National Trust following the fire two weeks ago.

“It is unlikely that any further salvaging will take place in the short term due to concerns over the safety of the building which is currently being assessed.

“It is still too early to say what the future holds for Clandon Park.”

The National Trust also confirmed that much of the Speakers’ Parlour in Clandon Park had been saved from the fire.

Although many important paintings, tables and pieces of silver were rescued- many precious items will never be recovered.