Greys Court

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Greys Court, 2002.

Greys Court is a Tudor country house and associated gardens, located at grid reference SU725834, at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills at Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames in the county of Oxfordshire, England.[1] It is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.

William Paul, esquire, of Bray (1673-1711), by John Closterman. His father James bought Greys Court in 1688.


The name derives from an old connection to the Grey family, descendants of the Norman knight Anchetil de Greye. The estate or manor of Rotherfield Greys upon which Greys Court is situated is specifically mentioned in the Domesday Book.[where?]

The mainly Tudor-style house has a courtyard and gardens. The walled gardens contain old-fashioned roses and wisteria, an ornamental vegetable garden, maze (laid to grass with brick paths, dedicated by Archbishop Robert Runcie on 12 October 1981) and ice house. Within the gardens is a medieval fortified tower of 1347, the only remains of the previous castle, overlooking the gardens and surrounding countryside. Also within the gardens is a Tudor wheelhouse, where a donkey operated a treadmill to haul water from a well.[citation needed]

The house is furnished as a family home, with some outstanding 18th-century plasterwork interiors.

James Paul bought the house in 1688 and it passed via his son William's daughter's dowry to Sir William Stapleton, 4th Baronet in 1724. In 1937 the house was bought from the Stapletons by Sir Felix Brunner and his wife Lady Elizabeth Brunner, the granddaughter of the Victorian actor-manager Henry Irving. In 1969 they donated the property to the National Trust, with the family continuing to live in the house until the death of Lady Brunner in 2003.[citation needed]


The house appeared in a 2012 episode of Downton Abbey when the newly wed Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley are looking for a property.[2]

It also appeared in the ITV series Agatha Christie's Poirot in 2013. In the adaptation of Elephants Can Remember it is used as the home of one of the people Ariadne Oliver visits while investigating the case. The episode aired on 9 June 2013.[citation needed]

The house also appeared for external shots as Midsomer Priory in the Series 14 episode of Midsomer Murders.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Grey's Court", TripAdvisor (UK), retrieved 29 August 2015 
  2. ^ "Greys Court lands starring role". Henley Standard. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°32′41″N 0°57′21″W / 51.54485°N 0.95591°W / 51.54485; -0.95591