Here we have a peep at Basildon Park. It is the Palladian mansion featured in the recent film adaption of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It was built in 1776-83 by John Carr for francis Sykes who made his fortune in India. The interior is notable for it's original delicate plaster work and elegant staircase, as well as for the unusual Octagon room. The house fell on hard times early in the last century, but was rescued by Lord and Lady Lliffe who filled it with fine pictures and furniture. I thought it worthwhile stopping for lunch there as we were in the area.