Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bedfordshire Beauties - 4 October 2009

Woburn Abbey
Woburn AbbeyThe season for stately home openings is drawing to a close. We chose to visit Woburn Abbey on its last open weekend. This magnificent house is the home of the Dukes of Bedford. The tour takes in some of the ground floor, and the State Rooms which occupy all of the first floor. The State Rooms are really sumptuous, yet totally welcoming. This floor is followed by a tour of the family silver and china collections in the vaults which has all been laid out in most appealing arrangements.

Moggerhanger ParkFrom here, we drove to a very different style of house. Woburn was originally an Abbey, and the abbot was hung in an oak tree on the property in Henry VIII's time for 'treason'. Our second destination was Moggerhanger Park. This house was enlarged in the 18th century for the Governor of the Bank of England, by Sir John Sloane. Moggerhanger ParkThen again enlarged by his son, also using Sir John Sloane as architect. The tour was an architectural tour, which talked about Sloanes's style of alterations. We found it very appealing, Sloane's style was almost like the art deco look two centuries later.

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