SK8932 : View from the upper garden levels

taken 6 years ago, near to Harlaxton, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

View from the upper garden levels
View from the upper garden levels
Its location on a steep hillside allows for some spectacular views of the house.
Harlaxton Manor
Harlaxton Manor is a masterpiece of Victorian ‘Jacobethan’ architecture and one of the best kept secrets in Britain, open to the public for just 6 hours on one day a year.
Built by the modestly wealthy eccentric bachelor Gregory Gregory (1786-1854), determined to outdo his neighbour The Duke of Rutland at nearby Belvoir Castle, he devoted his life and fortune to its construction. Work began in 1832 in an Elizabethan revival style under the direction of Anthony Salvin, though Gregory soon replaced Salvin with William Burn and building continued in a Jacobean revival Baroque style. The reclusive Gregory died in 1854 having spent over £200,000, before his fantasy palace was completed. The house passed through various Gregory descendants until 1937 when Violet Van de Elst, an equally eccentric cosmetic tycoon bought it and saved it from demolition. From a humble beginning as the daughter of a coal porter and a washerwoman, she invented a brushless shaving cream and amassed a fortune that enabled her to buy Harlaxton Manor. Her vehement opposition to capital punishment drained her resources through obsessive litigation and she sold the house to the Jesuits, who in turn sold it to Stanford University and later The University of Evansville, Indiana, USA, now its conscientious custodians.
The exterior has an almost fairytale appearance and the lavish decoration of the principal interior rooms is a wonder to behold .... Baroque, Elizabethan, Louis XIV and Rococco, all lovingly restored and maintained by the University of Evansville LinkExternal link
The house itself is Listed Grade I, and the Park and gardens are listed Grade II* in the English Heritage register of parks and gardens. Many of the features surrounding the house are also listed, as follows:
Grade I: Forecourt screenwall and gateway; Terrace to south-west of the forecourt including walls and gazebo.
Grade II*: Gatehouse; Driveway bridge; Baroque Fountain (or Lion) Terrace: Steps to the Italian Garden; Gazebo by Italian Garden; Kitchen Garden and house.
Grade II: Loggias and steps in Italian Garden (4 separate features); Statue by The Dutch Canal; Stone benches on terrace.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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SK8932, 159 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 August, 2013   (more nearby)
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Monday, 12 August, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Park and Public Gardens  Country estates 
Place (from Tags)
Harlaxton Manor 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8951 3225 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.8166N 0:40.2813W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8953 3217
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Historic House  Grade I Listed  Listed Garden or Park  Grade II(star) Listed Park  Garden Terrace 

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