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The House and GroundsThe Saloon
The South Drawing RoomThe Picture Gallery
The LibraryThe Oval
The Marlborough Room


The library today represents the impressive remnants of what was once the finest private collection of books in the world. At one time nearly 40,000 books occupied a substantial proportion of the ground floor of the House. The library was sold in 1892 by the 5th Earl and included 58 caxtons and four copies of the Guttenberg bible. Over the fireplace is a portrait of the John Charles, Viscount Althorp who was to become the 3rd Earl Spencer. He co-founded the Royal Agricultural society and became Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is said to have had such a dislike of town life that on his visits to London he instructed his butler not to pack his pistols lest he become overwrought and shoot himself in frustration.


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