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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