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BASIL­DON PARK near Pang­bourne, Berk­shire, was built by John Carr of York for Sir Fran­cis Sykes in 1783 to re­place an old manor house of un­known ori­gin that stood in the park nearby. An­ces­tral Homes of Berk­shire (1884) men­tions the old house be­ing ‘nei­ther so large nor so con­ve­nient as its suc­ces­sor but much more pic­turesque’.

In re­cent years, no illustration of the old house has been found, but, clearly, in 1884, a de­pic­tion ex­isted, per­haps with the an­no­ta­tion of Bast­e­dene, Bestelden, Bas­selden, Bas­sil­don or even Basil­don. It would be a source of great schol­arly in­ter­est if any of your read­er­ship could help with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. The Mar­quis of Huntly, Ox­ford­shire

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