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Brief description of site

Althorp is a 19th-century landscape park with traces of an earlier formal layout and 20th-century gardens. The park covers about 225 hectares within a 5600-hectare agricultural estate.

Brief history of site

John Spencer purchased the estate in 1508, and acquired licences to crenellate and impark. The park dates from 1512 and has since been extended. Carved stones record planting between 1597 and 1901. The park adjacent to the house was landscaped by Samuel Lapidge and Henry Holland in about 1790, and redesigned in 1860 by W.M. Teulon. The gardens were redesigned in the late-20th to early-21st centuries.

Location information:

Address: The Stables, Althorp, Northampton, NN7 4HQ

Locality: Northampton

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; Daventry; Althorp

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 152 Grid Ref: SP682651
Latitude: 52.2798 Longitude: -1.00176


Visitor facilities

Visitor information:

Refreshments. WCs. Parking. Disabled access. Shop. Guide dogs only. Diana, Princess of Wales exhibition.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1508 to 1512

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 225

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