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St. Edmundsbury District

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  • Day129

    Ickworth's Gardens

    September 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The gardens are beautiful. Parts are designed to look Italian. Then there are views of the grounds beyond the house, and a wooded area with a stumpery (old stumps upended and allowed to become covered with vines and ferns). A huge walled garden used to be a vineyard, but now it has wildflowers, fruit trees, and a dahlia border.Read more

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    Ickworth: An Italianate Country House

    September 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    This manor was built with a rotunda for entertaining, and the east wing for the family to live in. The west wing was just added for symmetry (and storage). The rotunda is embellished with Roman carvings.

    In the rotunda's Great Hall are columns (hollow and made to look like marble), a huge statue, and many paintings.
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    The Rotunda Rooms

    September 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The Library walls are lined with a huge book collection, and show the curves of the rotunda. Lady Theodora, the 4th Marchioness, loved her husband's family and became its historian. She was instrumental in the cataloguing and conservation of the many collectibles, and she had the books rebound.

    Dinner was a grand affair with the huge silver collection.

    The Drawing Room is pink, to appeal to the ladies who withdrew there for tea after dinner. Displayed there is a miniature of the beloved Princess Charlotte of Wales. She would have become Queen after her father died, but she died before him, shortly after giving birth. This is why Victoria, a cousin, became queen.
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    State Bedroom and Wings

    September 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The State Bedroom is where the most important guests slept. This one has a beautiful chandelier, steps to get into bed, and a tray beside the bed for hot chocolate.

    The gown is Lady Theodora's Coronation Gown, the one she wore when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II were each crowned.

    The last two rooms are in the wings of the house. The Pompeian Room is just a nice room to sit and observe the garden. The red room with all the family portraits is the smoking room.
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    Ickworth's St. Mary's Church

    September 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    This is the oldest building on the estate, with the oldest part being from the 13th century. The Hervey family pew was added in the 1830s. The church is no longer used, but is the final resting place for family members and employees.Read more

  • Day8

    Rainy and windy

    September 25, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Ugh. As predicted, we woke to constant rain and strong blustery wind. The rain did ease off and on a bit, so we mooched around for a couple of hours catching up on Homes under the Hammer, and then put on all our waterproof clothing and set off for Bury St Edmonds.

    We managed to find the multi storey car park, which was a lovely treat to be out of the rain while we changed and faffed with our bikes, though we did end up paying to park as there was no indication that we shouldn't on bikes. I'm not sure they had even considered it, as it doesn't seem like anyone else rides motorbikes in Suffolk! We had not seen a single other bike since getting here on Tuesday until today when one rode past us in Bury on our way home.

    Bury is a beautiful town with a mixture of modern shopping areas and old higgledy piggledy streets, but in the cold blustery wind it wasn't a lot of fun. We did manage a walk around the old abbey gardens and then escaped into the cathedral out of the weather. It has the most amazing ceiling some which is actually in the new part of the cathedral and only 20 years old.

    We had a pub lunch in the Edmundo Lounge, then tea and cake in a lovely tearoom down a small side street. At that point it was really very cold so we headed home for an evening on the sofa under a duvet, reading and watching telly.
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