The House from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
Built / Designed For: Sir William Pope
House & Family History: Wroxton Abbey is primarily an early 17th century house built on the site of an Augustinian priory. Founded in 1217 by Michael Belet in honor of St. Mary, remains of the priory are incorporated into the North Wing of the House. Wroxton is probably most famous today as the seat of Lord North, prime minister to George III (1770-82) during the American Revolution.
Collections: A cut-glass chandelier, circa 1815, made for Wroxton is today in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. A large glass and bronze hall light today in the collection of Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia, may have come from Wroxton.
J.B. Burke: Vol. II, p. 189, 1853.
Country Life: CLXX, 770, 854, 1010, 1981.
Title: Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney
Author: Warner, Malcolm; Asleson, Robyn
Year Published: 2001
Publisher: New Haven: Yale Center for British Art
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: Sir William Pope, 1st Earl of Downe, 17th century. Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: School
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: Today Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University.