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“Althorp is to me the essence of Englishness” An Interview with Earl Spencer

Charles, 9th Earl Spencer recently published a sumptuously illustrated book, ‘Impressions of Althorp’ which recounts his favourite objects in the house.

We were delighted to find that Country Life, an English magazine, has published an interview based on this book which highlights the love Lord Spencer has for the Althorp Estate and it’s unique legacy. In his own words:

“Althorp is to me the essence of Englishness… Understated but impressive, traditional but relevant, a historic house but also a warm and much loved home. Its contents have been assembled with discernment, over 500 years. If I had to sum up Althorp – itself the embodiment of the Spencer family’s heritage – in one word, it would be English.” Read more

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Picture Perfect

The Picture Gallery at Althorp remains very much as it was created by Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland (1641-1702) and is based on the original Elizabethan gallery in the south-west wing of the house. At 115 feet long one of it’s original uses was to provide an area for the ladies of the house to exercise in inclement weather in days gone by. Read more

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