Althorpe House - Diana, Princess of Wales

Althorpe House


About Althorpe House
Built in 1508 Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. It became the focus of world attention following the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.

A painting of the house in 1677 shows an elaborate moat around the house and extensive walled gardens. The present grounds were designed by the architect W.N. Teulon and date from 1860.

The Round Oval, as the lake is known, was cleaned out and re-filled in 1868. The Summerhouse at the lakeside was bought in 1901 by John Poyntz, Fifth Earl Spencer from Admiralty House gardens, London for the sum of £3.00. This purchase was at the request of Charlotte Spencer who wished to have it erected in the pleasure grounds as a memory of her husband's regime of the admiralty. The Summerhouse was moved to the south of the Round Oval in 1926 where it stands today, dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Althorpe House

The Park is located 7 miles west of Northampton off the A428.

From the South - Althorp is clearly signed as you approach Northampton from Junction 16 of the M1.
From the North - Althorp can be approached from junction 18 of the M1. Follow signs to Northampton.

The car park is signed on your approach to Althorp.

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