George Harrison’s Friar Park Mansion

Arial photo of George Harrison's Friar Park Estate.

Aerial photo of George Harrison’s Friar Park Estate.

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

Friar Park was George Harrison’s 120-room mansion that the ex-Beatle lived in from 1970 till his death in 2001. Sir Frank Crisp built the Victorian home, on 34 acres, in 1875. Upon his death, Crisp passed the home on to Roman Catholic nuns who turned it into a school. The building was about to be demolished because they couldn’t afford to pay for the upkeep when Harrison bought it in 1970. In 1972, Harrison installed a recording studio in the home where he made several of his records including Dark Horse, Living In The Material World and Cloud Nine. The album cover photograph for All Things Must Pass was shot on the lush gardens of the estate, which Harrison loved to personally tend to.

After the death of John Lennon, Harrison installed higher security features such as a razor-wire fence and cameras. Despite this, an intruder broke into the house and stabbed Harrison more than 40 times. Harrison suffered a punctured lung but recovered. Harrison lived at Friar Park till his death in 2001.

Required Listening:

  1. All Things Must Pass
  2. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
  3. When We Was Fab
  4. Got My Mind Set On You
  5. My Sweet Lord



The gate house at Friar Park.

The gate house at Friar Park.

 

Aerial photo of George Harrison's Friar Park estate.

Aerial photo of George Harrison’s Friar Park estate.

 

Front gate of Friar Park.

Front gate of Friar Park.

 

Front gate entrance to Friar Park.

Front gate entrance to Friar Park.

 

George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album cover that was photographed at Friar Park.

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album cover that was photographed at Friar Park.