Basildon Park

Basildon Park

Basildon Park is a country house situated in the English county of Berkshire, between the villages of Upper Basildon and Lower Basildon and near the town of Reading, at gbmapping|SU611782. It is owned by the National Trust and is a Grade I listed building.

Present house

The Palladian mansion was built between 1776 and 1783 by John Carr for Francis Sykes, who had made his fortune in India. The interior is notable for its original delicate plasterwork and elegant staircase, as well as for the unusual Octagon Room. In 1838, it was bought by millionaire James Morrison to house both his family and his vast art collection. However, the house fell into disrepair after World War II. It was eventually rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe, who restored it and filled it with fine pictures and furniture. The early 19th century pleasure grounds are currently being restored, and there are waymarked trails through the parkland.

Previous house

The previous house stood slightly west of the present building. It may have been built by Col. George Fane after the estate was purchased for his six-year-old son, Henry, by his sister, the Countess of Bath, in 1656. It was the home of the Viscounts Fane for just over a hundred years.

Film and television

Basildon Park was used as a location (Netherfield Park) for the acclaimed 2005 film "Pride & Prejudice". It was also used as a filming location for the movie "Marie-Antoinette".

External links

* [ Basildon Park information at the National Trust]

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