Milton Manor House
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The Strawberry Hill Gothic library
Though much of the building we see today is Georgian, the manor almost certainly dates to sometime between 1630 and 1680, with the most likely date being the first few years after Charles II's restoration to the throne in 1660. The manor site was once owned by the Abbey of Abingdon, but after the abbey was dissolved in 1536 by Henry VIII the land was sold into private hands. For 218 years Milton was owned by the Calton family, but in 1764 the last three Calton heiresses sold the property to Barrett and it has remained in the Barrett family ever since.
Barrett was a London merchant who managed to support the Stuart cause yet still be made Royal Lacemaker by Appointment to King George II. Family tradition suggests that Barrett loaned money to the Stuarts but it was never repaid.
When Barrett bought Milton Manor he was determined to create a fashionable country seat to showcase his wealth and status. The original 17th-century house was 'modernised' in Georgian style, with over 700,000 bricks helping to create the stylish new house. Barrett added two wings to the earlier building, a walled garden, and elegantly landscaped grounds with lakes and ponds linked by underground channels made of brick. Closer to the house are a stables, dairy, and brewery.
Perhaps more important for visitors to the house, he created an exuberant library in Strawberry Hill Gothic style, following the current fashion popularised by Horace Walpole.
Garden: Children will enjoy the garden Treehouse, woodland Stockade, and pony rides. There are two lovely lakes, walled gardens, and woodland walks. The atmosphere in the house is a shade less formal than in many stately homes, making for a pleasant visit for all.
About Milton Manor House
Address: Milton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, OX14 4EN
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: just off A34, 9 m S Oxford
Website: Milton Manor House
Phone: 01235 831287
Photo Credit: Des Blenkinsopp, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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