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Boughton Hall (Bougthon Park)

  • Earlier Houses: There were a number of earlier buildings on the site, including a Medieval monastery.

    House Replaced By: In 1844 a new house (today a private home divided into two dwellings) was built near the site of the 17th century house.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The 2nd Earl of Strafford created Northamptonshire's largest collection of 18th century follies at Boughton, including Fox Covert Hall, a grotto, New Park Barn, the Hawking Tower, Bunkers Hill, and the Spectacles, all of which still stand (the Spectacles is one of Boughton's follies mentioned in The Rev. Dr. Robert Lucas's 1775 poem, "Boughton Green"). It wasn't until the 1995 publication of "The Follies of Boughton Park" by Simon Scott that the importance of this landscape was properly documented and appreciated.

    Chapel & Church: The ruins of the 13th century Church of St. John the Baptist are in the park.

  • Architect: William Wentworth (Strafford)

    Date: 1750s-60s
    Designed: Follies

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 1105
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: John de Boughton, 13th century; Sir Thomas de Boughton, 14th century. Henry Green, 14th century; Sir Thomas Green, until 1417. Edward Vaux, until 1661. SEATED AT 17TH CENTURY HOUSE: Sir John Briscoe, late 17th century. Lieutenant General Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, 1717-39; William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford, 1739-91; Lady Lucy Wentworth, early 19th century. SEATED AT 19TH CENTURY HOUSE: Major General Sir Richard Granville Hytton Howard-Vyse, until 1927.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No