Taplow House Hotel was an Elizabethan manor built in 1568 and a devastating fire completely destroyed that house in 1660. The existing Georgian property was built in 1751 and it remained a private residence until 1958. Today, this hotel in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, on the border of Berkshire, remains privately owned.
No history of the house would be complete without mention of the grounds, which are famous for a number of reasons. It was during the reign of the Grenfell’s that the garden was created by their gardener, Springall. Although he was not responsible for the numbers of enormously interesting trees in the grounds, he was nevertheless the proud creator of the basic layout, which remains virtually unchanged today.
The real feature of Taplow House grounds are the Tulip Trees, they are thought to be the tallest and fattest in Europe. Moving on to the end of the century, the then resident, Mr J Fryer, commissioned a well-known landscape gardener to prepare a scheme for the grounds.
Some historical figures reputed to have visited Taplow House include Queen Elizabeth I and Oscar Wilde.
It was here that our first sole ZimSculpt exhibition transpired and one that I have to thank the former Director Tony Hale for. For accommodating us and thinking outside the box.
Having exhibited already in the arts in the area for several years prior to this show with other artists, we already had many local followers, who supported us then, right up until this day…