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Report - Hookend Manor, Oxfordshire - June 2017

CookieRaider

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Finally posting this as this is now under renovation I believe.

History

This beautiful 16th Century Elizabethan house, Hook End Manor is set in a delightful rural location in Oxfordshire. It is surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens, including Britain's oldest Monkey Puzzle tree.

The manor house was originally built for the Bishop of Reading in 1580. Later additions to the house include the oak panelled dining room, which probably dates from the 1920s. The Tudor heart of the house is the oak panelled reception hall and up a flight of stairs leads to the charmingly eccentric bedrooms, some designed by previous owner David Gilmour, others by another previous owner, financier Charles Clore.

The musical history of Hook End Manor began in the 1960s with Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, who resided there for some time before selling it to Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd. Gilmour recorded parts of Pink Floyd's 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, in a studio at the house.

It was then bought by West Side Productions, producers of Madness and Morrissey. In the 1990s, the manor was purchased by Trevor Horn, who spent a not inconsiderable fortune creating the studio and equipping it. It would run as a successful business operation under the Sarm flag for a good number of years, the celebrity guest book filling impressively over the period.

Explore

Visited with a non member on a beautiful summers evening. Had no problems exploring. although we had to wait for about 30 minutes to exit as there was a lady smoking right outside our entrance point!

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More on my Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/albums/72157685181647026/with/35291728081/
 
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