The Domesday Book records Northington amongst other lands in Micheldever Hundred belonging to New Minster in Winchester. Three different lands at Northington were distinguished in the fourteenth century; the Manors of Totford and Northington and the demesne lands of Hyde Abbey which were later called the Grange. The latter was leased to various tenants until 1538 when it was seized by the crown and leased to a succession of other tenants.
Northington Grange was bought by Sir Robert Henley, master of the King's Bench Office, who employed Inigo Jones "to erect a considerable mansion". The Grange estate was bought by the wealthy banker Henry Drummond in 1787; Grange Park was landscaped and an ornamental lake made from part of the river, and The Grange mansion was altered and improved. The Baring family of bankers acquired the estate in 1817; Alexander Baring was created Baron Ashburton in 1835. The house was visited by many distinguished people including George IV and the then Lady Ash Burton conducted a famous literary salon at The Grange. Among her frequent guests were Lord Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle. The fourth Lord Ashburton made several improvements to the estate and rebuilt the parish church at his own expense. Before the last war the estate was sold to Mr. L. C. Wallach, who died in 1964.
The Manor of Northington included land near the village of Northington and its twin village Swarraton. It was held by a succession of tenants including the Bifleet family until the eighteenth century when it was bought by the Henley family and incorporated into the Grange property.
The Manor of Totford in the Parish of Northington was not specifically mentioned in the Domesday Book but can be identified as being held by Odo the Steward from the abbey at Winchester. The manor was later split up and sub-let to various tenants, one of which was the de Totford family. Some of the lands passed to the Tichborne family in the sixteenth century, while the remaining two-thirds were later bought by Sir Robert Henley with the Grange estate.
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