Walled kitchen gardens in South Oxfordshire

Braziers Park

Braziers Park is in the village of Ipsden, five kilometres south east of Wallingford. The house was built in the late 17th century, with a datestone of 1688, and remodelled in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style of architecture by Daniel Harris on behalf of Isaac George Manley (1755-1837) in 1799. In 1906, Valentine Fleming, MP for South Oxfordshire, bought the house and made substantial changes, and his novelist son, Ian Fleming, briefly lived at the house as a child. 1911 saw Sir Ernest Moon (1854-1930), counsel to the Speaker of the House of Commons, buy the house and his widow Lady Moon sold the house to Norman Glaister (1883-1961) in 1950. He established the School of Integrative Social Research and community which still exists at the site.

In the 1st ed. OS map of 1876, Braziers Park is shown with a walled garden in the shape of a convex hexagon, orientated north/south with a path all round and horizontally cross the centre; trees and a small glasshouse lie to the west outside the garden wall. There is a possible orchard to the east of the garden, with trees and a path.

By the 2nd ed. OS map of 1898, there is an additional building, maybe a shed or a bothy outside the garden to the east, to the north of the glasshouse and by the 3rd ed. OS map of 1912, there are no significant changes.

Braziers Park is a college and secular community which is open for events and volunteering.

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