My favourite Jane Austen novels are, and in the following order: Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility. Why, then, is this post about Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey you may ask? Well, just in case you haven’t noticed a certain tendency in my recent literature posts here and here, they are both names of novels AND names of houses. Genius.
Not surprisingly, the best Jane Austen screen adaptations have been made in the UK. The BBC’s 2007 TV adaptation of Mansfield Park chose the gorgeous Newby Hall in North Yorkshire as the filming location for Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram’s estate. Currently the home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall was designed with the assistance of Sir Christopher Wren.
Also in 2007, ITV produced a TV adaptation of Northanger Abbey and Lismore Castle played the fictional abbey. With foundations that date back to the 7th century, the Irish castle has been linked to an array of historical figures, from Henry II to Sir Walter Raleigh, as well as Fred Astaire! It has been the Irish home of the Duke of Devonshire since 1753.