WE visited Hardwick House, a fine Elizabethan/Jacobean manor house between Mapledurham and Whitchurch, on Tuesday, June 17, a perfect summer’s day.
The house is owned by Sir Julian Rose, whose family have owned it since the end of the 19th century, and his daughter Miriam took our party of 18 around.
In 1066, at the time of the Battle of Hastings, Hardwick and its lands were owned by Wigod the Saxon Lord of Wallingford.
In the early 16th century all traces of this Saxon building vanished when a Tudor mansion, now known as Hardwick, was built over it.
We began our tour with a look at the garden and the outside of the house. The grounds extend to the river, which can be seen from the back of the house.