Englefield House

Theale, Berkshire

The beautiful private estate of Englefield in the Royal county of Berkshire provides a perfect setting for Heritage Live's summer evening concerts. In recent years, the house and grounds have been used for numerous movies and television series, including Charles Xavier's house in X-Men First Class, parts of Buckingham Palace for The King's Speech, and parts of Sandringham for The Crown, but the story of Englefield is a long and fascinating tale over many hundreds of years of English history and heritage.

In 871AD a battle was fought on the hill above the village, marking an important victory by King Alfred over the Danes and the battlefield was named by the Saxons as ‘Anglefield’ or ‘Field of Angles’ which became Englefield over time. The Englefield family were sheriffs and knights of the shire throughout the Middle Ages and became prominent figures in the royal court in the 16th century. Their connection with the house continued until Sir Francis Englefield was implicated in the Throckmorton Plot of 1583 which aimed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and install the Catholic Queen Mary to the throne.

The house and lands were seized under an Act of Parliament and gifted to Sir Francis Walsingham (one of the Queen’s principal advisors) from whom the current family are directly descended. Towards the latter stages of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, it is reported that she was entertained at the house on two separate occasions and that during her visits bestowed a number of knighthoods. The Benyon connection started in the mid-18th century when the then lady of the house Mary Tyssen married Richard Benyon of Gidea Hall in Essex. Richard had been orphaned as a boy and entered service with the East India Company at the age of twelve.

He went on to become Governor of Fort St George (now Madras), making his fortune before returning to England. Some of the furniture that he brought home remains in the house to this day. The House is currently lived in by Richard and Zoe Benyon and their family, and the Estate is a thriving community consisting of farms, woodlands and residential and commercial properties. While the family are modern in their approach to the day to day management of the Estate they are respectful of the history that comes with it and mindful of its responsibility.

Englefield House

Berkshire RG7 5EN

GETTING HERE

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BY CAR

Sat Nav co-ordinates: RG7 5EN

Exit Junction 12 of the M4, signed for Reading. Take the A4 in the Newbury direction, go straight across at the first roundabout and at the second roundabout turn right onto the A340, signed to Pangbourne. For concerts, the site is accessed via the ornamental gates about half a mile on the left hand side. There is plenty of car parking space available at Englefield, (charged at £10 per car), and tickets can be purchased in advance (as an add-on when buying your concert ticket) for fast-track entry, or by cash/card on the night. Please note that the local road infrastructure is limited, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue. Access to Englefield Village will be restricted to local residents only.

BY TRAIN

The nearest railway station is THEALE, which is just 2 miles away and 5 minutes in a taxi.

READING STATION is a 20 minute rail journey from London Paddington and then just a 7 mile drive to Englefield, which takes 15 minutes in a taxi.

TAXIS

500 Cars Reading 0118 959 9999

A4 Executive Cars 0118 921 2121

Arlington Cars 0118 954 5888

Berkshire Cars 0118 950 0400

Bliss Cars 247 0118 986 0001

Cars 4 Executives 0118 466 0000

Coronation Square Cars 0118 950 0005

National Cars 0118 987 3500

Pangbourne Taxis 01491 671979

Pang Valley Cars 0118 984 1000

Platinum Executive Cars 0118 942 2222

Rg7 Cars 0118 443 9551

Reading Station Taxis 0118 956 1010

Silverline 0118 466 1500

Star Car 0118 950 5050

Theale Taxis 0118 930 2345

Woodley Cars 0118 942 4242

Xpress Cars Reading 0118 950 2222

BICYCLE


Please find Englefield on The National Cycle Network

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW

Food and alcohol must be purchased on site. Deck chairs will be available to hire for the evening at £10 each. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Covid-19 guidance and regulations relating to social distancing will apply. There is plenty of car parking available at Englefield, (charged at £10 per car), and tickets can be purchased in advance (as an add-on when buying your concert ticket) for fast-track entry, or by cash/card on the night. Please note that the local road infrastructure is limited, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue. Access through Englefield Village will be restricted to local residents only.