Visit to Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Our guided tour and talk about Hughenden Manor, the country home of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria's favourite PM.

Judy Halls, one of our fellow alum. kindly agreed to host our visit, enabling us to tap into her knowledge and expertise as an official guide of the Manor.

Hughenden Manor offers a peek into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. The Manor contains an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia as well as an insight into the secret wartime past shown in the Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. The formal garden has been recreated based on the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli and there are beautiful woodland walks surrounding this fascinating country home.

Seen here are two of the blinds with pithy comments, also Disraeli’s study (note his his Red Box on the table).

Formal garden by Nigel Roffe

Many thanks for a really good day yesterday. After Bletchley, we deserved good luck with the weather and it was perfect. The guides were both excellent - very informative and  not pompous. The church was well worth a visit, especially the memorial to Disraeli erected by Queen Victoria in the chancel.  RW

After a delicious lunch in the cafe we had a tour of the wartime map-making exhibition.  Re-discovered recently, Hughenden produced maps for the RAF showing the targets for Bomber Command raids.  One notable exhibit was the map for Peenemunde, the research establishment that produced the V1 Doodlebugs and V2 rockets.

Our guide for this part of the tour was Rachel, seen here in her authentic wartime “Utility” outfit.