Glimpse history through old images of Harlaxton Manor, five miles from Grantham, in the county of Lincolnshire, England.
Harlaxton Manor in 1939
This footage from 1939 shows Harlaxton Hall’s gardens and interior.
At the time it belonged to businesswoman and inventor Mrs Van der Elst, who bought it in 1937 and renamed it Grantham Castle. She spent much of the personal fortune she had amassed in renovating the 150 rooms of her new home.
However, World War II started. In 1942 and 1943, the 1st Battalion of the British Airborne Division was in residence.
In 1948, Mrs Van der Elst sold the house and 500 acres to The Society of Jesus – the Jesuits – as a novice centre, and auctioned the huge collection of contents.
Since Grantham Castle was a wooden Norman construction lost centuries ago, Harlaxton Manor was given back its original name.
“Grantham Castle” – Harlaxton Manor (1939) – British Pathé (YouTube)