Miscellaneous papers relating to Harlaxton Manor and Gregory and De Ligne families

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Materials include:

  • gre/1 Harlaxton Manor history
  • gre/2 Gregory family history
  • gre/3 Gregory Gregory
  • gre/4 John Sherwin Gregory
  • gre/5 Thomas Sherwin Pearson Gregory
  • gre/6 Major Philip John Sherwin Pearson Gregory
  • gre/7 Michael Gregory, OBE

Administrative / Biographical History

Harlaxton Manor was built in the 1830s by Gregory Gregory, a wealthy Nottinghamshire businessman, to replace the original Elizabethan Manor House in Harlaxton village. Having travelled throughout England and Europe seeking inspiration, ideas and indeed artefacts for this huge house, Gregory employed Anthony Salvin as architect and Harlaxton Manor must be regarded as Salvin's masterpiece. Built in Ancaster stone, it is an exuberant merging of Gothic, Jacobethan and Baroque styles creating an unforgettable and dramatic impact.

Owner and architect had many differences of opinion, however, and Salvin having completed the exterior of the main building was replaced by William Burn who is thought responsible for much of the interior.

Few houses in the country can match the splendid approach to Harlaxton. A straight mile long drive across a bridge, under a gatehouse, past 'the pyrotechnic display of the forecourt gates and screen' to Salvin's towering facade whether by day or night when the building is floodlit, is in itself a memorable experience.

The house is now owned by the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA, and is used as their International Study Centre.

Arrangement

Gregory Family box

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment

Alternative Form Available

This collection is mainly formed of copies of originals. Where the original location is known it is noted in each item record.

Archivist's Note

Record created by Linda Dawes, College Librarian

Accruals

Collection ongoing