Set in a landscaped park, The Grange at Northington, Hampshire, is the foremost example in England of Greek Revival architecture. The mansion owes its present appearance to the architect William Wilkins, who, between 1809 and 1816, transformed a modest 17th century brick building into something more like an Ancient Greek temple. Literally wrapping the house in cement, Wilkins added classical façades, including the striking temple front supported on eight gigantic columns.
Public outcry saved The Grange from demolition in 1975 and it is now used as an opera venue.
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Before You Go
Access: Parts of the site are uneven and there are steep steps up to the terrace. Not suitable for unaided wheel chairs or buggies.
Opening Times: The exterior only is available for viewing. The Grange is open daily throughout the year. Due to events it may close early between May and September. View details.
Parking: There is a car park onsite.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not explore the palaces of the Bishops of Winchester at Wolvesey Castle, in Winchester, or Bishop's Waltham Palace, just outside of Southampton. You could also head to the coast and visit Portchester Castle. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in the castle grounds or on the shore of the Solent.
1662A Modest Country House
Sir Robert Henley, a rich politician, buys a house and estate known as The Grange.
1665-73A New Mansion
Architect William Samwell builds an impressive new residence for Sir Robert in place of the old house.
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An ornate park with a lake is created in the grounds.
When George, Prince of Wales, leases The Grange as a hunting lodge, there are over 400 deer on the property.
1809A Greek Façade
New owner Henry Drummond wants to transform the house in the latest style and commissions William Wilkins, an expert on ancient Greek architecture, to redesign the exterior as a Greek temple.
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Drummond dislikes the result and sells to a neighbour, the financier Alexander Baring, who adds a dining room, a conservatory, a lake bridge and waterfalls.
1890From Conservatory to Ballroom
The conservatory is converted into a ballroom and many of its innovative features are lost.
Public outcry at the threat of demolition leads to the house being taken into state guardianship.
Grange Park Opera builds a theatre inside the old conservatory.
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