Sunday, 23 October 2016

Audley End House and Gardens, nr. Saffron Walden, Essex

On 3rd June Brian and I went on a visit with Wonersh U3A to Audley End House and Gardens, near Saffron Walden in Essex.   I had long wished to visit Audley End House and Gardens; it was where "The Victorian Kitchen Garden" a BBC production was filmed several years ago. 
Audley End was originally a monastery and had been granted by Henry V111 to his Chancellor, Lord Thomas Audley in 1538,  The house was re-built to accommodate the monarch between 1605 and 1614, by Lord Thomas Audley's grandson, Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk and Lord Treasurer to James V1.
In 1763 "Capability" Brown was engaged to remodel the gardens and Robert Adam, the architect, parts of the house.  However, Brown was fired a couple of years later after a row with the then owner of Audley End, party over th course of the river Cam, which runs through the property.  Adam's bridge over the Cam is still there.

Part of the Gate House

Audley End House

The Army were there as well posing for the annual photograph - not sure which regiment this was.

Stable Yard

These pots of strawberries were placed just too high for us to take one of the berries.

Sadly we were not allowed to take photographs inside the house - but no one was around in the Chapel and I took this quick snap of this lovely stained glass window.

 English Heritage runs Audley End House and Gardens.   I am sorry I did not take any photographs inside the house which was one of the most interesting I have ever been to.   Do try and visit if you can.

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