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Harlaxton Manor - Architectural Descriptions

1830 - ongoing

Scope and content

A collection of items relating to the architecture and internal detailing of Harlaxton Manor.

Records creator's 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.

Processing information

Added by Linda Dawes, College Librarian, July 2017



System of arrangement

arc Harlaxton Manor - Architectural Descriptionsdivided into the following series:

  • arc/1 Harlaxton Manor - Published articles and extracts relating to the architectural history and building
  • arc/2 Harlaxton Manor - Unpublished architectural descriptions
  • arc/3 Harlaxton Manor - Unpublished notes and research
  • arc/4 Harlaxton Manor - Style survey by Tony Player
  • arc/5 Harlaxton Manor Architects - Anthony Salvin
  • arc/6 Harlaxton Manor Architects - William Burn
  • arc/7 Harlaxton Manor - Heraldry and Pedigree
  • arc/8 Harlaxton Manor - John Gregory Crace
  • arc/9 Harlaxton Manor - State Dining Fireplace Columns

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country homes


architectural details
Geographic names:

Harlaxton Manor Harlaxton Grantham Lincolnshire United Kingdom Europe
Family names:Gregory family Harlaxton Manor
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arc Harlaxton Manor - Architectural Descriptions

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Records creator

Gregory family Harlaxton Manor

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Harlaxton Manor Archives