Visit to Anglesey Abbey gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire, on Wednesday 17th May 2017
Forty-two members of the WNTA and friends spent a very enjoyable day at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. In spite of very inclement weather most of the party managed to explore the fantastic gardens and visited the Lode Mill where we saw flour being made.
The highlight of the outing was touring the impressive Jacobean house, fully restored by Lord Fairhaven. The fine decorative art, the priceless furniture, the silver, the antique clocks and the old books impressed us all. Many of the group decided that they really needed another visit to appreciate all the treasures.
The new Visitors’ Centre provided welcome drinks and food during the day and the lovely NT shop tempted many to buy from its wonderful range of gifts. Altogether a place to revisit in the future.
Saturday 17th June – Hughenden Manor
The visit was well supported and we arrived in time for ‘Elevenses’. It was the home of Benjamin Disraeli who loved the Manor. His wife was responsible for the way the gardens were laid out. Well after WWII it was discovered that the cellars had been used for map making from Aerial photos of targets recently or about to be attacked. The German bombers tried to destroy the house, thankfully, they failed. The weather was perfect and the grounds were explored by most of the party. Shortage of staff made for poor catering but all had tea and cake afterwards.
Wednesday 12th July 2017 – Knebworth House and Gardens
There were forty-two of us in the coach party on a sunny day. We were split into two groups to go round the house, which has been in the Lytton family for 500 years. In the afternoon the Head Gardener took some of us on a tour of the garden and the grounds which date back to the 17th Century. There was the Raj Exhibition which was interesting as the Queen’s first Viceroy of India was Robert, 1st Earl of Lytton.
Thursday 10th August 2017 – Calke Abbey
On the only sunny day in a very wet week, we enjoyed a really good trip to Calke Abbey.
It is unlike the restored properties that we are used to visiting and there was plenty of interest to see, although we would have preferred looking at fewer stuffed birds.
The food was good and the staff were pleasant and very helpful. It was a good day.