House & Family History: Abington is at its core a 15th century manor house. The house was once the home of Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard, who is buried in the nearby church. Lady Wantage (daughter of Lord Overstone) donated the Abbey and the surrounding park to the people of Northampton for use as a pleasure ground. The Abbey was in use previously as an insane asylum and is today a museum of Victorian life.
J.P. Neal: Vol. III, 1820.
Title: Country House Described: An Index to the Country Houses of Great Britain and Ireland, The
Author: Holmes, Michael
Year Published: 1986
Publisher: Hampshire: St. Paul's Bibliographies (London: Victoria & Albert Museum)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat of: Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone, 19th century. Harriet Sarah Jones-Loyd, Lady Wantage, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Government
Primary Current Ownership Use: Museum
Ownership Details: Today Abington Museum, owned and operated by Northampton Borough Council.
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: No