The Manor of Honington was in the ownership of the Priory of Coventry until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. In 1540 it was granted by the Crown to Robert Gibbes. The estate was sold by the Gibbes family in about 1670 to Henry Parker who in 1696 succeeded to the Parker Baronetcy and an estate at Melford Hall, Suffolk.
The present house was built by Parker in 1682 but was sold by Parker's grandson in 1737 to Joseph Townsend who carried out considerable alterations and extensions in the mid 18th century. The Georgian style house has a number of fine features including round headed niches over the ground floor windows of the east front which contain busts of Roman Emperors.
The house is not generally open to the public but may be visited by prior group arrangement
References and sources
- "Honington Hall and attached gateways, walls and temple". English Heritage list. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
- Detailed architectural description from English Heritage
- A History of the County of Warwick, Volume 5 (1949)pp92-95 from British History Online
- Historic Houses Association photograph