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Parham House has been depicted many times in paintings, prints, sketches, maps and photographs, as well as in architectural drawings. By using the

Sir Thomas Palmer built the Elizabethan house at Parham.

Image: Friar Park, Crisp's country retreat in Henley (built c.1889-90)

The diaries of Caroline Powys (1738-1817) are one of the most vibrant and entertaining sources for the social life of the gentry and aristocracy in

Image: Henley from the Wargrave Road (1698), by Jan Siberechts; courtesy of the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames

Above: Simon Wisdom's merchant's mark at 96 High Street (top left), with the date 1578

Son of the tea merchant Frederick Horniman (who founded the Horniman Museum), Emslie J Horniman (c.1865-c.1944) lived at Burford Priory from 1912 t

Sir Lawrence Tanfield (c.1551-1625) was a prominent lawyer and politician who established a country seat at Burford in the 1580s.

In 1852, Samuel Hook, with his wife Anna Maria and their five children moved from Chalford, Gloucestershire to Tovil, Maidstone, where Samuel took

In 1854-55, at the age of  twenty-two, Charles Townsend Hook acquired the Snodland mill and he and his rest of the Hook family all moved to 'Acacia