The historic Harley Estate is set in the north west corner of Herefordshire, close to the county borders of Shropshire and Powys. The area is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of England.
The Estate has been owned by the same family since the Domesday book. It came into the Harley line over 700 years ago when Robert Harley married Margaret de Brampton in 1309.
Over the years the Estate has seen its fair share of national history. During the Civil War the castle at Brampton Bryan was bravely defended by Brilliana Harley who survived the first siege in 1643 and died just as the second siege began. Her grandson was Queen Anne’s First Minister and was created Earl of Oxford and Mortimer. His son in turn was a great bibliophile and his collection of manuscripts was one of the three founding collections of the British Museum.
The Harley property in London was centred on Cavendish Square and several family properties and titles are remembered in London street names such as Harley Street, Oxford Street, Wigmore Street and Wimpole Street.
Lord Byron had a notorious affair with the wife of the 5th Earl and for a short time he rented a house on the Estate from the family. The Oxford title died with the 6th Earl, but the Harley family still owns the Estate.
The Estate makes an excellent location for period filming with various properties and settings available.