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Brief description of site

Friar Park is a Victorian fantasy garden created for Sir Frank Crisp in 1896, and restored in the late-20th century by George Harrison. The site covers about 12 hectares, and features grottoes, caves, underground passages, a multitude of garden gnomes, and an Alpine rock garden with a scale model of the Matterhorn.

Brief history of site

In the 1870s this was two small estates: Friar Park and Friar's Field. In the late-1880s Frank Crisp began to draw the two estates together, building a large and ostentatious new house close to the site of the old Friar Park house and demolishing the Friar's Field house to the east. He built extravagant gardens around the house, dividing them into many themed sections, possibly advised by H E Milner.

Location information:

Address: Friar Park, Gravel Hill, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

Locality: Henley

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; South Oxfordshire; Henley-on-Thames

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 175 Grid Ref: SU754829
Latitude: 51.54 Longitude: -0.914204

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: detached house

Site first created: 1896

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 13

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