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Waddesdon Manor



On a bright and sunny morning several members of the history group together with friends and family boarded our coach which was taking us all to Waddesdon Manor for our annual day trip.

Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts.  It opened to the public in 1959 and is now manage by the Rothschild Foundation, on behalf of the National Trust.

There was an air of excitement on the coach all looking forward to our day with a tour of the Manor, the light trail and the Christmas Market. We had some treats on our journey, mince pies, sausage rolls, and chocolates kindly provided by Sheila, Lesley and Gary.

We arrived just after 12pm and luckily was able to park very close to the Manor.  Ahead of us set in landscaped gardens was the magnificent manor which is built in a French Chateaux style.  The large front lawns were edged with the Christmas stalls, and beyond were more gardens and grounds to discover including a very large impressive Aviary with rare species of beautiful birds.

During our tour of the Manor, we were able to see some of thesuperb items that the Rothschilds family had collected.  Thefamily were the greatest collectors of masterpieces and items of historical importance.  Even today the collection continues to grow through the patronage of the Rothschild Foundation.

Following our tour of the Manor, many of us did some Christmas shopping at the stalls and then as dusk fell, we enjoyed the wonderful light trail that wound round the grounds. Christmas trees with twinkling lights, a light show set to music, lanterns glowing amongst the trees and the manor with light lasers against the sky made the experience very enjoyable.

A memorable day had by all.

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