Benfleet

201808 - Ickworth House

Wednesday 15th August 2018

We had a very smooth run up to Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds.
Once in the car park we were greeted by one of the staff Hannah Firth who came onto our coach and gave us a short talk about The House & Gardens. All the National Trust members had their cards scanned and everyone in the party was handed their map & their stamp.

I then went along to reception to pay for all the non national trust members.

We had 5 hours to explore the house and gardens.

The house was built between 1795 - 1829 , it was originally owned by the Hervey Family , later the marquesses of Bristol , the building was the creation of Frederick Hervey 4th Earl of Bristol and bishop of Derry , the architect was the Italian Antonio Asprucci the earl died in 1803 leaving the house to his successor .in 1956 the House and large park was given to The National Trust in lieu of death duties.
Leaving the 60 room east wing lease to the Marquess of Bristol who in 1998 sold the lease to the national trust.( which this is now the Ickworth Hotel)

We had a lovely smooth journey home and we had a super sunny day .

Maria

Thanks to photographers Ian Phipps and Maria and Mike Kelly.
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