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Canons Ashby

One of the oldest country houses in Northamptonshire, Canons Ashby was built in the 1550s using the remains of a medieval priory. It was built by John Dryden, great-grandfather of the Poet Laureate of the same name. It was extended in the 1590s by Sir Erasmus Dryden, and underwent further alterations in the late 16th century and early 18th century. The interior includes a drawing room with a domed plasterwork ceiling and a painted parlour with an interesting piece of baroque trompe-l’eoil. The landscape features a formal garden created for Edward Dryden in 1708-17 and is one of the best surviving layouts of the period.

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Address:
near Daventry,
Northamptonshire,
England,
NN11 3SD

Telephone: 01327 861900

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby-house

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Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire (Accredited Museum)

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A tranquil Elizabethan house set in beautiful restored 18th-century gardens, home to the Dryden family since the sixteenth century. More than a manor house but less than a grand mansion, the existing building is a complex patchwork of alterations and additions from over four centuries. Built around a 16th century farmhouse, the Dryden family extended the building and added a staircase tower using the remains of a medieval priory. The house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710 and are presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden, a Victorian antiquary, passionate about the past. The warm, welcoming house features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants' quarters.

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