About Sulgrave Manor
Built by Direct Ancestors of George Washington
Sulgrave Manor is located in the picturesque village of Sulgrave, in the county of Northamptonshire, England. Lawrence Washington, the fifth great grandfather of the first U.S. President, was a prosperous wool merchant who, prior to 1535, leased land in Sulgrave from the Priory of St. Andrews. Upon the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, Lawrence purchased his leased property from the Crown for £324, 14s, 10d. Construction of the manor house began in 1540 and it remained in the Washington family until 1659.
A 16th Century Tudor House
Situated at the northeast end of the village, Sulgrave Manor is built of local limestone and today consists of the original Tudor Great Hall with a Great Chamber above, an Elizabethan entrance porch added in 1558, a Queen Anne wing, built circa 1700, containing an Oak Parlor and Kitchen, and a 1920’s reconstruction of the demolished Tudor Kitchen and Buttery.
H. Clifford Smith, Sulgrave Manor and the Washingtons: A History and Guide to the Tudor House of George Washington’s Ancestors. London: Jonathan Cape, Ltd., 1933