Snapshots of England – Hughenden Manor

I am almost over my not-so-lovely English cold, and mostly sorted out on my time zones, so I guess it’s about time I gave you a taste of my wonderful springtime visit to southern England.

I spent five days visiting with my daughter and son-in-law, wandering along the narrow streets of their village, riding through hair-raisingly narrow lanes,P1080518

petting the velvety noses of Heather’s horses, taking time to smell the flowers and enjoy the soft spring air.  As I go through my photos and relive those days, I will try to give you a taste of my visit.

On my first full day there, Heather treated me to a visit of a stately Victorian house – this one Hughenden Manor, which was the residence of Benjamin Disraeli when he was Prime Minister. It is not a huge place, but was most interesting to see.P1080480

 

The library – the books are shelved in alphabetic order by title….. but they only go to “T”!  Did he bannish any book beginning with U, V, W, X, Y, or Z?  Or were they hidden away somewhere else?  I wonder.P1080490

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The gardens are quite amazing as well, and there is also a walled kitchen garden with many different types of fruit.P1080491

 

In 1941, at the height of the Second World War, the Manor was requisitioned by the Air Ministry and became home to a top secret mapping unit, quickly becoming the hub for civilian artists, architects and draftsmen, who were taken there blindfolded so they would not be able to disclose the site of the operation.  Starting with  old German road maps, they produced target maps used in bombing raids over Europe.P1080496

 

We went from the manor to the church, made in the classic Chiltern way of pieces of flint.

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I would like to know how old this tree is… it is a giant.

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Disraeli has been dubbed “The most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister”, having risen from obscurity in London to become not only Prime Minister, but a celebrated author of novels.  I will leave you with a bit of his wit – displayed on two window shades in the study…

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3 Responses to Snapshots of England – Hughenden Manor

  1. Lori says:

    Glad to hear from you – been getting worried! Thanks for the tour of the castle!
    Lori

  2. Sartenada says:

    The church seems to be really old. Lovely post.

    • Parts of the church date back to the 1300’s, but as with most old churches in England, it is a modge-podge of renovations. the latest being in the late 1800’s which is still along, long time ago. I would have loved to spend more time inside and take photos.

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