Monday, 3 April 2017

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

B - Burghley House

This is a house that I first saw as a boy at Stamford School. Our annual cross-country run was held in its park.

Burghley House, near Stamford, Lincolnshire

I was to get even closer when playing cricket next to the house against the Burghley estate team. 

However it was in the Burghley Park's cricket team pavilion were my live was changed for ever.

Burghley Park Cricket Club pavilion
Here I volunteered during one match to help the ladies wash up after tea. To cut a 60 year story short let me just say I married one of them.

William Cecil, Lord Burghley was the prime councillor to the Queen - Elizabeth I, that is.

His house built between 1555 and 1587 is one of England's largest mansions and was constructed in an enormous 'E' as a tribute to the Queen.

With the house still lived in by the Cecil family many of you may know that the Burghley Horse Trials, a 3 day event, are held in the each year in the park laid out by Capability Brown.

Photo attribution:

  • Burghley House - 4 April 2011 - CC transferred ex ml.wikipedia by Sreejith K - in the public domain


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - I've never visited, but always love the Burghley Horse Trials ... watching from afar! Wonderful looking house and cricket pavilion - that's special. What a good idea that was .. helping out with the tea washing up - stood you in good stead for the future ... 60 years - congratulations ... cheers Hilary

FinnBadger said...

What a great personal story about this place.

Phillip | B is for banana

Sharon M Himsl said...

I like the Personal Touch to your story about meeting your wife who changed your life forever.

Kristin said...

It boggles my mind to even try and think about living in a house that size. Congratulations on helping clean up and finding a long lasting wife 60 years ago!

Karnika Kapoor said...

Beautiful places... and beautifully adorned by your memories!
Best Wishes!

Eva A. said...

So this impressive house brings you very good memories. Thanks for sharing your story.

Eva - Mail Adventures
B is for: Bank.

Alex Daw said...

That is certainly a BIG establishment. Great story. Thanks Bob.

Lisa said...

I've also heard of the Horse Trials - love your personal story that goes with it. Wow, that's a beautiful place.

Donna B. McNicol said...

There is only one word from me - WOW!

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