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Harleyford Manor (Harleyford House)

  • Built / Designed For: Sir William Clayton

    House & Family History: Harleyford is a red brick villa of five bays in the Neoclassical style. The House was the first of a series of villas designed by Sir Robert Taylor, and is probably the most notable of the group. Harleyford contains a domed inner hall and has a Drawing Room with particularly fine plaster wall panels depicting hunting, fishing, music, and painting. A painting of Harleyford by Zuccarelli hangs today at Squerryes Court in Kent. Sir William Clayton, for whom Harleyford was built, was an MP for Blechingley. Harleyford is said to have been the inspiration for Toad Hall in "The Wind in the Willows."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: On the Terrace is a statue dated 1714 of Sir Robert Clayton as lord mayor of London. Also extant is the late 18th century Dairy in the Gothic style and the 18th century Ice House. In the grounds are ruins of a temple, possibly the Temple of Friendship of 1775 by Robert Taylor; it is octagonal and at one time had a dome.

  • Architect: Robert Taylor

    Date: 1755
    Designed: House for Sir William Clayton

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    Architect: Raymond Price

    Date: 1988
    Designed: Basement extension

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    Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Designed: Landscaping
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: Robert Taylor

    Date: 1775
    Designed: Temple of Friendship

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  • Title: Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth
    Year Published: 1994
    Reference: pgs. 372-373
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710620
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 10
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Squerryes Court Guidebook
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Publisher: NA
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Light Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir William Clayton, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Offices

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No