Harlestone is a small village in the county of
The village is divided into two smaller settlements, Upper and Lower Harlestone.
Lower Harlestone lies along the busy Harlestone Road (the A428) and
Northamptonlies about a mile to the south-east of Harlestone village. To the north-west of the village is the country estate of Althorp, Diana, Princess of Wales' family home. The estate still owns much of the land and many properties in the village.
Harlestone contains a church named St Andrews, a
primary school, a golf course[ [http://www.linksgolf.co.uk/index/clubs/3023.htm Golf Courses in Northampton] ] and also a pub. These amenities are located in Lower Harlestone. Upper Harlestone contained a post officeuntil Spring 2008 and the village institute.
"Harlestone Firs", a large wood and country park, lies just outside the village with a
garden centreon the other side of the A428.
Harlestone House was a large country residence on the site of the golf club. It is thought to be the inspiration for
Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. It is known she resided at the house for a period because letters have been discovered written from there. The house was demolished in 1940, although the impressive stables still remain and were developed for housing in the late 1990s.
* [http://www.crsbi.ac.uk/ed/nh/harle/ St. Andrews, Harlestone's church]
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