DiCamillo Companion
England

Beckley Park

  • Built / Designed For: Lord Williams of Thame

    House & Family History: Beckley is a moated house situated on a site said to have belonged to King Alfred the Great in the 9th century.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The topiary garden was created in the 1920s as a form of living sculpture, with hedges dividing the garden into outdoor rooms.

  • Country Life: LXV, 400 plan, 1929.

  • Title: Glory of the English House, The
    Author: Esher, Lionel
    Year Published: 1997
    Reference: pg. 50
    Publisher: London: Barrie & Jenkins
    ISBN: 0752904434
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005 - opening scenes in which Frank Bryce runs through the garden to the Riddle House). "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (2011 - TV series, in the episode "Hallowe'en Party" as the topiary garden).
  • Seat of: Feilding family; here since 1920.

    Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Roger D'Ivry, 12th century. King Edward III, 14th century. Richard, Duke of Cornwall, later King Richard II, 14th century. Hamden family. Verney family. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Lord Williams of Thame, 16th century. Norrey family, 16th century. Ledwell family, 17th century. Montagu Bertie, 7th Earl of Abingdon, 19th century. Basil Feilding, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No