Harlaxton  Lincolnshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Harlaxton like this:

HARLAXTON, a village and a parish in Grantham district, Lincoln. The village stands near the Nottingham and Grantham canal, 3 miles SW by S of Grantham; and has a post-office under Grantham. The parish comprises 2,530 acres. Real property, £5,242; of which £22 are in the canal. Pop., 488. ...

Houses, 98. The manor belonged to John of Gaunt, who had a hunting-seat on it; and passed to the Blewitts, the De Lignes, the Listers, and the Gregorys. The old manor-house was built by the Blewitts, in the time of Henry VII.; was considerably enlarged by the De Lignes, in the time of James I.; was a fine specimen of Tudor architecture; was defended by a moat: had many stained windows and interesting portraits; and was taken down in 1858. The new manor-house, Harlaxton Hal, is a recent edifice, after designs by Salvin, in the style of the time of James I.; and belongs to T. Sherwin Gregory, Esq. A helmet of gold, set with jewels, and supposed to have belonged to John of Gaunt, was found in a field near the village, and is now in the Madrid museum. An urn, containing Roman coins, and burnt bones, was found in 1740. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £760. * Patron, the Prebendary of South Grantham. The church is ancient; consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with tower and spire; underwent recent restoration in the chancel, with addition of a porch; and contains a later English font, and a canopied monument, with two alabaster effigies. There are a national school, and charities £6.

Harlaxton through time

Harlaxton is now part of South Kesteven district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Kesteven has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Harlaxton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Harlaxton, in South Kesteven and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th October 2021

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