Annick McKenzie is an Artist who lives and works in one of the properties within the famous Taplow Court, a very large house in the village of Taplow in Bucks.
Annick is moving away soon and so she invited a few of her friends round, who wanted to wish her Bon Voyage (Mel, Jo, Tracy and I). Immediately upon arrival, Jo mentioned the memories she had of having the odd sneaky cigarette as a young girl up on top of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon burial mound which is within the grounds of the house. A brief search on the internet highlighted that the mound was excavated in 1883 and a number of treasures were discovered, unrivalled until the discovery of Sutton Hoo in 1939.
There has been a manor house on the site since before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The manor was owned by the monks at Merton Priory until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It was then owned by the Hampson family in the 17th century, coming under attack during the English Civil War. In the 18th century, Taplow Court was home to the Earl and Countess of Orkney.
From 1852, Taplow Court became the home of the Grenfell family, in particular William Grenfell, 1st Baron Desborough and his wife Ettie. They hosted an aristocratic and elite group known as “the Souls” at the house. Visitors included Henry Irving, Vita Sackville-West, Edward VII when Prince of Wales, H. G. Wells, Patrick Shaw Stewart, Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde.
A stické court was built by Lord Desborough at Taplow Court in 1892 and the dimension of this court subsequently became the standard size of the court. (Stické is tennis to you and me).
After World War II, Taplow Court was owned by British Telecommunications Research a subsidiary of Plessey Electronics. Since 1988, the house has been a Soka Gakkai Buddhist centre. And very peaceful it is too.
I was very priveledged to be asked round and so I took the opportunity to document Annick and her friends in and around the house and land. A stunningly beautiful place. Instead of just including lots of images, I have chosen to put them to music and embed a video for your enjoyment. I hope you like it and one day have the opportunity to go and visit on one of their open days.