Wroxton Abbey is situated in the
former ancestral home of Lord North in Oxfordshire. The Abbey
is located in the picturesque Village of Wroxton bordering the
Cotswolds, the rural heart of England, 17 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.
This Midlands region is rich in both urban and rural landscapes.
Its influence in modern and historic Britain is hard to exaggerate.
Birmingham is 40 miles to the
north; it is Britain’s second
largest city. Oxford is 26 miles to the south; it is the home of
Britain’s oldest university. Between these two cities are
thousands of acres of the finest agricultural land, the ancestral
homes of a score of great English families, and two important towns:
Stratford-Upon-Avon and Banbury.
Wroxton village is two and one-half
miles from Banbury. Although the village is small, it supports
two churches (Church of England and Roman Catholic),
and a good hotel. "One
of the most beautiful villages in the country," wrote
E. R. Lester in his short history of Wroxton.
Around the small pond in the center of the village
stand fourteenth through twentieth-century homes. They are built
mainly of local honey-brown Horton Stone and roofed in decorative
Wroxton Abbey is a fully modernized Jacobean mansion
on 56 acres of its own lawns, lakes and woodlands. Originally constructed
as an Augustinian priory in 1215, Wroxton Abbey has accommodated
several British monarchs and notables such as Theodore Roosevelt.
It is now home to Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University
and features classrooms and seminar
rooms, conference facilities, the library, fully modernized student
lodging facilities, and computer laboratories.