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Brief description of site

Harleyford has the remains of a mid-18th-century landscape park of about 100 hectares (85 hectares are registered), attributed to Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The site lies on the north bank of the River Thames, surrounded by woodland, agricultural land and a golf course.

Brief history of site

The estate was used as a summer residence for Sir William Clayton Bt from 1728. The house was surrounded by gardens, orchards, groves and walks, and also 'the Greens, Oranges, Bayes, Yews, Lawrell and all other Trees Shrubs Plants and Flowers' (Harleyford deeds, 1717 & 1728). A new villa was completed on the site by 1755. The landscape was possibly laid out by Lancelot Brown in the late-18th century. Although there is no documentary record of this, it is probable on stylistic grounds.

Location information:

Address: Harleyford, Henley Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2DX

Locality: Marlow

Local Authorities:

Buckinghamshire; Wycombe; Great Marlow

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SU827845
Latitude: 51.5533 Longitude: -0.808593


On the south side of the A4155 Marlow to Henley road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

It may be possible to visit by appointment. Please see: or telephone 01 628 471361

Visitor information:

Function venue and marina

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: commercial

Site first created: Before 1728

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 100

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