Basildon Park: Netherfield in Pride and Prejudice

Basildon Park


About Basildon Park
Basildon Park was built in 1776–83 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. The house fell on hard times early in the last century, but was rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe, who restored it and filled it with fine pictures and furniture. The early 19th-century pleasure grounds are being restored, and there are waymarked trails through the parkland.
The house at Basildon Park contains fine plasterwork, important paintings and furniture and a decorative shell room. Some of Graham Sutherland's studies for his Coventry Cathedral tapestry "Christ in Glory" can be seen in the Sutherland Room.
In 2004 the clocks were turned back to the time of Jane Austen as Basildon Park became Netherfield, the home of Mr Bingley, in the film adaptation of her classic novel Pride and Prejudice. The film starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Donald Sutherland used the rooms of the first floor as well as a lot of the exterior.
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Basildon Park

Between Pangbourne and Streatley, 7ml NW of Reading, on W side of A329; leave M4 at exit 12 and follow A4 to Newbury, then brown NT signs to Pangbourne. If coming from Oxford take A34 ring road and leave at Henley/Reading junction, then turn right at roundabout for Wallingford bypass, cross river and take first left on to A329.

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Pangbourne 2½ml; Goring & Streatley 3ml

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