SGI-UK Taplow Court
Cliveden Road, Taplow SL6 0ER
Tel +44 (0) 1628 773163
Fax +44 (0) 1628 773055
Centre Opening Time for SGI Visitors: 10am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 - 4.45pm
First Sunday of the month: 9.30am - 10.20am & 11am - 4.45pm
SGI-UK Taplow Court SL6 0ER Maidenhead
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Taplow Court, a mid 19th century mansion set high above the Thames near Maidenhead, is the home of SGI-UK, a lay Buddhist society. SGI-UK is part of a world-wide network of organisations in over 192 countries & territories that aims to contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious world through educational and cultural activities based on the philosophy of the 13th century Japanese sage, Nichiren Daishonin. He taught that each person can transform not only their own lives, but also society and the environment, by revealing their most positive and creative potential through the practice of Buddhism.
The Taplow site has a long history of continuous human habitation. In the Iron Age a massive hillfort covered the site and the famous 7th century Anglo-Saxon burial mound can still be seen in the garden. There has been a manor house here since before 1066 and the manor was successively owned by the monks of Merton Priory, until the Dissolution, and then by the Hampson family in the 17th century, who came under attack during the Civil War.
In the 18th century, Taplow Court was the home of the Earls and Countesses of Orkney. The first Earl fought at the Battles of the Boyne and Blenheim and was appointed first British Field Marshall. In the mid 19th century the house was given its present Jacobean-revival/French Gothic appearance by the architect William Burn.
At the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, the great sportsman, William Henry Grenfell and his wife Ettie, hosted gatherings of the elite, aristocratic social group, 'the Souls', here. Their eldest son, Julian Grenfell, one of the war poets, was killed in 1915.
After the Second World War, Taplow Court was owned by British Telecommunications Research and Plessey Electronics. SGI-UK came here in 1988. Today, the house and other buildings on site are used for courses and conferences for the society's own members and also in cooperation with other like-minded educational and charitable organisations. The Library of the European Branch of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy is based at Taplow Court and students may have access to over 10,000 books by appointment.
The house is open to the public on 17 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August and 13 September (National Heritage Day) in 2020 between 2.00pm - 5.00pm. On these days you may picnic in 85 acres of grounds.
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Trains run from Paddington Station to Taplow Station Monday to Sunday. Please call the reception at Taplow Court (01628 773163) when you know what train's arrival time and the SGI-UK mini bus will meet you at Taplow station.
Given the potential for this contagious virus to spread rapidly around the UK, we feel it is justified to limit as much as possible, the opportunities for people to meet together and thereby spread the virus through our network. With this in mind, we have closed all our centres in UK until 19th April 2020, when we will review. This also means the SGI-UK shop will be closed until further notice, although mail order will still be processing requests to buy books and accessories. If you need any information, please use this link to contact us.