Located in the vicinity of Goring-on-Thames in Berkshire, involving the villages of Higher Basildon and Lessen Basildon
sits Basildon Park, never ever absolutely done, the residence passed via a succession of homeowners. In 1910 it was standing vacant and in 1914, it was requisitioned by the British Government as an army convalescent hospital.
It was once again offered in 1928 and speedily offered once again. In 1929, adhering to a unsuccessful attempt to dismantle and rebuild the residence in the United states, it was stripped of several of its fixtures and fittings and all but deserted.
Through World War II, the residence was once again requisitioned and served as a barracks, a training ground for tanks, and at last a prisoner of war camp—all functions unsuited to the preservation of an currently semi-derelict making.
In 1952, a time when hundreds of British country residences were being demolished, it was reported of Basildon Park “to say it was derelict, is hardly good more than enough, no window was still left intact and most were fixed with cardboard or plywood.”
Nowadays, Basildon Park is as noteworthy for its mid-twentieth-century renaissance and restoration, by Lord and Woman Iliffe, as it is for its architecture. In 1978, the Iliffes gave the residence, collectively with its park and a substantial endowment for its repairs, to the Nationwide Have faith in in the hope that “The Nationwide Have faith in will guard it and its park for foreseeable future generations to enjoy.”
Following the donation of Basildon Park to the Nationwide Have faith in, Lord and Woman Iliffe remained as tenants, inevitably changing the mansion’s former laundry wing into a self-contained residence. Lord Iliffe died on 15 February 1996, his spouse died, at Basildon, aged ninety, in 2007.
The photograph on the easel in the foreground depicts a scene from a Xmas Special of Downton Abbey, when Basildon Park stood in for the Crawley’s London home.
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