Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for HARLAXTON

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.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Grantham CP/Tn/AP       Harlaxton AP/CP       Lincolnshire AncC
Place: Harlaxton

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