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Northcourt Manor (Northcourt House) (North Court)

  • Earlier Houses: The current house was built on the site of a 13th century monastic building.

    Built / Designed For: Sir John Leigh, Deputy Governor of the Isle of Wight.

    House & Family History: Northcourt is the largest of the Isle of Wight's Jacobean manor houses and was the seat of the Leigh family, for whom it was built, for 175 years. In the 1790s the Leighs sold up to Richard Briel, a noted art collector and friend of Horace Walpole. In the 19th century Northcourt was the seat of General Sir James Willoughby Gordon, who had been quartermaster general to the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War of 1812. His granddaughter, Mary Gordon, was a cousin of the poet Algernon Swinburne, who was a frequent visitor to the House and wrote much of his epic poem "Atalanta in Corydon" in the Library at Northcourt.

  • Architect: Edwin Landseer Lutyens

    Date: 1905
    Designed: Added Northwest Wing, and other alterations, for General R.W. Disney-Leigh

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  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: John and Christine Harrison; here since 1984.

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir John Leigh, early 17th century; Barnabas Evelyn Leigh, early 18th century; Leigh family here until the 1790s. Richard Briel, late 18th-early 19th centuries. Benett family, 19th century. General Sir James Willoughby Gordon, 19th century; Sir Henry Percy Gordon, 19th century. Alexander Henry Leith, 5th Baron Burgh, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Bed & Breakfast

    Ownership Details: Today NorthCourt Manor B&B

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01983-740-415

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.northcourt.info

    Historic Houses Member: No