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Friar Park's History
30 July 2013
7.17pm
NorthernAcorns
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Hi, everyone. 

I am trying to gather as much info as I can find on Friar Park in one place. I am helping to put together a website called http://www.BeatlesHomes.com Right now my main focus is Friar Park. If anyone has any ideas on how I can find floor plans, 19th Century and early-mid century newspaper articles, and other text, and anything else that is not easily available on a quick Google Images Search, will you please let me know? I'll put it all together.

Obviously the same goes with Tittenhurst Park and other Beatles' homes. 

I've pretty much got the Dakota covered, though not all my info is yet uploaded. However, one never knows what other treasures might still be out there. If you have any, kindly let me know. So far I've uploaded quite a bit to http://www.DakotaDocumentary.com

30 July 2013
10.21pm
Inner Light
Friar Park
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This will be a tough one. I have been trying to see pictures and the layout of Friar Park for years with no luck. I think George and Olivia have kept the interior of the house private. I have always wondered since their were 120 rooms, did they decorate all the rooms? Did they only live in a section of the house? Would love to see a map of the layout. If you or anyone finds more info regarding the house in detail, please post here.

Here is a little map I found that I thought you might like to see. Good luck1

http://imageshack.us/f/831/mapfp.jpg/

 

The further one travels, the less one knows
30 July 2013
10.38pm
fabfouremily
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I know George kept his home quite private and away from the media, fans, etc. so I think you'll find it tricky to find anything fruitful. I have seen a picture of G and O at home though, I think in some kind of hall or large corridor. I have searched for it but have been unable to find it. That's all I've come across. I know there are two, or maybe three, outbuildings at the beginning of the entrance to the house where the staff lived, and he converted the pantry to a chanting room, but that's all I know about it, really.

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6 August 2013
6.24pm
acmac
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Cool idea, and very cool website! Looking forward to watching it grow. :) Good luck with your project!

8 August 2013
3.12am
NorthernAcorns
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Yeah, this is tough. It took me a long time but I finally got floor plans for the Dakota, and I am having them recreated to reflect how they were in 1884. I'd like to do the same with Friar Park. I am not interested in violating their privacy or doing anything inappropriate. But this is a building of major architectural significance and it would be of great interest for many t get a idea of the layout, etc. I'm more interested in how it looked 10+ years ago than how it looks today. Considering all the construction that was done on the interior, in ALL the buildings, I would think that some of the blueprints would have had to of been filed. I know how to find this in the USA but I don't in the UK. Yet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

8 August 2013
3.44am
Ron Nasty
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You are very unlikely to be able to get blueprints for the changes made since George bought the building. It should be possible to get hold of the blueprints for the Sir Frank Crisp building however. Might I suggest that an e-mail to English Heritage or Henley-on-Thames council might elicit a suggestion of where they are held, and then you could e-mail them to ask if they have been digitised, or if they would be prepared to send you a copy (though either may cost money to access). The best way to do it would be to show an interest in the Crisp building and not in the home of the Harrisons.

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty
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