Inspiration | The Grange Winter Walk
We recently visited The Grange, in Northington, Hampshire, to see the spectacular Snowdrops emerging through the snow, sparkling in the early February winter sunshine. If you pick the right day, this time of year can be magnificent, small and perfectly formed glimmers of hope appearing to remind us that spring is just around the corner!
Now an English Heritage property, The Grange is steeped in history, with each of its owners having left their mark on the property over time. The building was originally a modest country house, then in the 17th century it became a grand brick mansion, until the early 19th century, when it was impressively remodeled and transformed in the neoclassical style. It was later extended under the guardianship of its new owner, Alexander Baring, to include the west wing and conservatory.
The Grange and its estate were sold in 1933 and the buildings used by the army during the Second World War. In 1964 the Baring family bought back the estate to use as a farm, and obtained permission to demolish the now empty house. To save the property, the house, conservatory, and a small area of the pleasure grounds were taken into state guardianship in 1975. The conservatory is now used as a venue for opera performances and the grounds open to the public through English Heritage. The original park landscape was laid out during the 1760’s by Robert Henley the 1st Lord Northington, on a much larger scale, and included the lake and a bridge designed by Robert Adam.
The Grange is a wonderful destination for a winter walk, and we would highly recommend taking an uplifting stroll through the grounds, especially during snowdrop season!