One very hot day in May I took myself to wander through the beautiful grounds of Anglesey Abbey. Situated near Stow-cum-Quy and Newmarket. In Cambridgeshire.
It started life as a Priory and was founded probably by Henry 1st. in 1135. Just 11 canons lived there. It was to remain a religious property for the next four hundred years. Then in the 1600s Thomas Hobson acquired the Abbey, and was kept in the family for the next century. It was then sold to a Sir George Downing, who then in 1800s estate went in the foundation of Downing College in Cambridge. In 1861 the Abbey was then owned by the Rev. John Hailstone.
In 1926 Huttleston Broughton the 1st Lord Fairhaven and his brother purchased the Abbey. His love for race horses and Newmarket being close by, this was the perfect location.
He set about landscaping the gardens, extending the property and buying furniture, paintings and bronzes. Which are still the house today. He died in 1966 leaving the Abbey to the National Trust.
The house is worth a trip inside, it’s one of the few National Trusts houses I’ve been to where you can see inside nearly every room. Lots of paintings of his beloved race horses adorn the walls.
There is beauty round every corner of this very special place.