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Abington Park (Abington Abbey)

  • 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.

  • Architect: Francis Smith

    Date: 1730s
    Designed: Alterations
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. III, 1820.

  • 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

    Phone: 01604-631-454

    Website: http://www.northampton.gov.uk/museums

    Historic Houses Member: No