Haverholme Priory

Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Rebuilt in 1835, for George Finch-Hatton (1791-1858), 10th Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham. It was built on the site of a monastery that existed here since 1139 but was dissolved under King Henry VIII in 1539. It passed through the hands of several owners until purchased by the Earls of Winchilsea & Nottingham who were seated at Kirby Hall. They abandoned their traditional seat in favor of Haverholme which the 10th Earl had rebuilt in the Gothic-Revival style. It remained in their family until the 13th Earl - who kept a pet lion here - sold it to an American lady in 1926. She all but entirely dismantled it stone-by-stone with the intention of rebuilding it in America. As the stones lay ready to be loaded at Liverpool, the lady was killed in a train accident and so rather than remove them, the stones were then used to build further docks. The 14th Earl, and his American wife, Margaretta Drexel, lived at Buckfield House
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 28/07/2019 and last updated on 07/08/2020.


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