Friar Park
Friar Park is the 120-room Victorian neo-Gothic mansion previously owned by the eccentric Sir Frank Crisp near Henley-on-Thames and bought by the musician George Harrison as his new home on 14 January 1970, as he left his former home Kinfauns, in Esher.

History
Owned by Sir Frank Crisp from 1875 to 1919. Owned by Roman Catholic Church nuns belonging to the Salesians of Don Bosco order. The Nuns ran a local Catholic school in Henley, the Sacred Heart School. Purchased by George Harrison in 1970.

George Harrison
Harrison installed a 16-track tape-based recording studio in a guest suite, which at one stage was superior to the one at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. Harrison's albums recorded there usually mention F.P.S.H.O.T., or Friar Park Studio, Henley-on-Thames. Besides records by Harrison or artists he produced, the studio was also used by Shakespear's Sister to record their 1992 album Hormonally Yours . Harrison immortalised the building in his song "Crackerbox Palace" (his nickname for the mansion, after Lord Buckley's home in California). A further song, The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll), was also inspired by the mansion's history. Harrison loved tending to the gardens personally, and among the groundskeepers were his older brothers Peter and Harry. The mansion was largely open to the public, until the murder of John Lennon in December 1980; shortly afterward, the gates were locked, and security features such as razor-wire fences and video cameras were installed. Despite these measures, an intruder broke into the residence in the early morning hours of December 30, 1999, attacking Harrison and his wife, leaving Harrison suffering a punctured lung, seven stab wounds, and head injuries. In 2009, Olivia Harrison won the right to put in a permanent fence for her protection, some of the neighbor's objected to the fence for concern to their cats being injured by sharp edges to the razor-wire fencing. Sarah Lyall (1999-12-31). "George Harrison Stabbed in Chest by an Intruder". New York Times . http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9800E4D81238F932A05751C1A96F958260 . Retrieved 2008-12-13. Harrison's widow, Olivia, and son, Dhani, continued to live in the mansion for months after Harrison's death from cancer in November 2001.

The gardens
Friar Park has extensive gardens and water features designed by Crisp. The park also includes a sandstone replica of the Matterhorn. Reflecting Harrison's sense of humour, among the statuary is a monk holding two skillets with holes in them, and a plaque reading "Two Holy Friars". Harrison was photographed amongst garden gnomes located in the garden for the cover of All Things Must Pass , and again with his father Harry a few years later, with the photo appearing in his album Thirty Three & 1/3 . Harrison and his wife Olivia restored the gardens.

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