Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Today I visited Delapre Abbey in Northampton and it turned out to be real gem - a Medieval nunnery converted into a great house in the 16th and 17th centuries, with the addition of a fashionable library around 1820.

You can't go round the house, but the admirable Friends of Delapre Abbey sell teas in the old stables and the lovely walled garden. Bonkers Hall must be very like this.

The Abbey was threatened with demolition in the 1950s and (after serving as the county record office for some years) with redevelopment of its park a few years ago. So it needs friends.

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