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Harlestone House (Harleston House)

  • House & Family History: Harlestone was reputedly the inspiration for Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park," according to W.A. Craik in "Jane Austen in Her Time" (London: Nelson, 1969). The patchwork room at Althorp contains a fine chimneypiece designed by Humphry Repton that was removed from Harlestone. The house, a secondary home of the earls Spencer, was demolished in 1939.

  • Architect: John Adey Repton

    Date: 1809-11
    Designed: Remodeled house and built stables for Robert Andrew

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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.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 856
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Althorp: The Story of an English House
    Author: Spencer, Charles
    Year Published: 1998
    Reference: pg. 84
    Publisher: London: Viking
    ISBN: 0670883220
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 189
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Robert Andrew, early 19th century. John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer, until 1845.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No