Broomfield & District

HISTORY

AUDLEY END - A FAMILY HOME & GARDENS

18 Broomfield U3A History Group visited visited Audley End in July, courtesy of English Heritage who give permits for free admission to U3A Groups. The first house on the site was occupied by Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor - Sir Thomas Audley. Subsequently it was acquired by Charles II due to it's proximity to Newmarket for the races!!

Falling into disrepair the building was purchased by the Duchess of Portsmouth for her nephew Baron Braybrooke (1st Baron. The buildings today are largely the result of the work of the Third Baron's redorations in Jacobean-style in 1820.

The house shows how the family lived in the Victorian era. Amongst many of the strange (to us) parts of the house is the vast coal gallery & boilers linking the top of the house. To us a safety hazard, to them it was easier to take coal down to rooms (it was brought in through an upstairs window & hoist) than bring it up!!

The Service Wing gave us an insight into the 'downstairs' operations of dairy, laundry, kitchens etc whilst the classical gardens were a blooming wonder - visited by us on a guided tour.

Additionally the stable block gave an insight into this area of the estate, with a riding display.

A great, full day out and the sun shone throughout.

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