The Gregory Line: Inheriting Harlaxton
1854-1860 George Gregory
After Gregory Gregory’s death in 1854, his cousin George Gregory inherited the manor. George Gregory owned Harlaxton less than 6 years before he died in 1860.
1860-1869 John Sherwin Gregory
John Sherwin Gregory, a very distant relative of Gregory Gregory, inherited the manor. Gregory Gregory had never been very fond of John Sherwin Gregory, so he had hoped the manor would pass to the Welby family of Denton instead. John Sherwin Gregory won the legal battle against the Welbys, however, and inherited the manor.
1876 Inventory of the Manor
Although John Sherwin Gregory won the manor itself, the contents of the manor were still given to the Welby family. The image below is a page from the inventory of items sent to the Welby family. The inventory is very precise, and this page includes chipped cups, a feather bolster, and china in the shapes of asparagus, pigeons, and fish.
Page 33 from Cause: D’Eyncourt v Gregory (i) Inventory of articles (heirlooms, including library and works of art) at Harlaxton New Manor House, [LINCS.] delivered up by defendant John Sherwin Gregory in pursuance of orders 2 July 1864, 9 Aug. 1866 and 7 Dec. 1866; bound in red leather (ii) copy of foregoing. Deposited (i) 11 Dec. 1868 and (ii) by plaintiff [sic] Sir William Earles Welby-Gregory, bart., 28 June 1876. Held at National Archives Ref J 90/1217
1869-1892 Catherine Sherwin Gregory
Catherine Sherwin Gregory, John Sherwin Gregory’s widow, became the “Squire of Harlaxton” until her passing in 1892.
1892-1935 Thomas Sherwin Pearson Gregory
The Manor then passed to John Sherwin Gregory’s godson, Thomas Sherwin Pearson Gregory. Pearson Gregory made little changes to the manor during his ownership and he refused to install telephone or electricity lines. He lent the manor for use in World War One.
1935-1937 Philip Pearson Gregory
When (Thomas Sherwin) Pearson Gregory died, Harlaxton manor was passed for the first and last time from father to son. Philip Pearson Gregory owned Harlaxton Manor for only a very short time. As his wife, Marcia, had recently died, Philip wanted to start a new life with their four children away from the manor that had been their home. Philip sold the contents of the manor in 1937, and the manor itself was intended to be demolished shortly after the sale.