Harlaxton Manor history

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Miscellaneous items, mainly copies of originals, relating to the history of Harlaxton Manor

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.


  • gre/1/1 Reprint from a book on Lincolnshire c. 1778: Harlaxton
  • gre/1/2 Extract from White's Directory , 1856
  • gre/1/3 Welby, Sir Charles. A note on the Manor of Harlaxton and its history . Dated 1937, with footnote of later date.
  • gre/1/4 Welby, Sir Charles (1937) The history of Harlaxton Manor. Two articles. Grantham Journal , July 24
  • gre/1/5 Harlaxton Manor . Notes by David L. Roberts M.A.
  • gre/1/6 Harlaxton, 1086-1994. Extract from Murden, James, Harlaxton through the ages
  • gre/1/7 Harlaxton Manor and some of its occupants . Notes for a house tour.
  • gre/1/8 Occupants of Harlaxton Manor from 1837
  • gre/1/9 Harlaxton Manor and its owner. Notes and Powerpoint slides on USB for lecture given by Tim Knox, 2006.

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