Saturday, 1 April 2017

A-Z Challenge 2017 - Houses, some real, some not.- 'A'

A - Audley End

It seems appropriate somehow that an embezzler should end his life at 

Audley End
Thomas Howard, !st Earl of Suffolk,  King James I's Treasurer helped himself to  royal funds to build the splendid home of Audley End in 1614

However he was removed from there when convicted and sent to the Tower of London. After his release he returned to Audley End and died there in 1626.

The large building was expensive to maintain and the Howard family eventually demolished  more than half of it. What remains is still one of the biggest houses in Britain.

King Charles II bought the house in 1668 for the sum of £5 as somewhere to stay when he went to the races at Newmarket; it was returned to the Suffolks in 1701.

Capability Brown was commissioned to landscape the parkland in 1762.

During WWII Audley End became the base for the special-operations paratroops of the Polish Army in exile. A memorial to the men they lost stands in the drive to the house.

In 1948 the Braybrooke family sold the house to the Ministry of Works, the predecessor of English Heritage under whose stewardship Audley End remains. The house and gardens are open to the public at certain times of the year.

Photo attribution:
  • Creative commons - Misterzee, 2008 - CC BY-3.0


Mail Adventures said...

Wow, what a house!

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FinnBadger said...

And what an opening line to your post! Sounds like the opening of a program like 60 minutes here in the US. Not sure what the UK equivalent would be. I can hear the serious voice of the presenter now!

Intrigued to see what you have for the not real houses coming up.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - I didn't know any of that ... could I buy it now for £5??? A lot of houses and land were sold to the Ministry of Works weren't they ... one day I must visit. A great start to your Homes at the A-Z ... fascinating ... cheers Hilary

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Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Interesting history.

Jo said...

I'd never heard of that house either. Has quite a history doesn't it? Even if one could still buy it for £5 I wouldn't want the cost of its upkeep thanks.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. I love learning the history of grand homes.

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Kristin said...

I'm amazed he was allowed to keep the house and return to it after leaving the tower without even being beheaded.

Finding Eliza

Debbie D. said...

That was an interesting history lesson. The UK has many such palatial homes, yes? I've only ever been to London (way back in 1969) and loved that experience. Thanks for coming over to The Den. Cheers!

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Jemima Pett said...

Despite living in Epping for over 20 years and now still passing Audley End as I whizz up the M11 back to Norfolk, I've still never visited the house or gardens... one of these days!

Looking forward to the rest of your houses. (A plague on both of them!!)


Anonymous said...

Very interesting! I like this theme very much. This house would be fascinating to see.

A-to-Z-er Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c'est Fantastique

Lisa said...

I just want to go explore the whole house! My imagination would be filled with stories about who lived there and things that happened (fiction, but still...)

Donna B. McNicol said...

So much history! Thank you for sharing.

DB McNicol, author & traveler
Theme: Oh, the places we will go!