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11 June 2019Boughton House – an English expression of French style
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09 October 2017Overseas tour to Sicily - 9th - 15th October 2017
15 June 2017John Constable, Flatford Mill & East Bergholt & The Place for Plants, East Bergholt
22 May 2017The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art
23 November 2016Glyndebourne Touring Opera – Madam Butterfly
15 September 2016Visit - The Soane Museum, Lincoln’s Inn
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11 June 2015Visit - Kew Gardens
02 March 2015Visit - Cheffins, Cambridge
16 February 2015Visit - Theatre Royal, Norwich The Russian Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardee
20 January 2015Visit - The Assay Office, Goldsmiths Hall
05 December 2014Tour - New York USA
12 November 2014Visit - Theatre Royal, Norwich Glyndebourne Touring Opera - Verdi's La Traviata Theatre Royal
15 October 2014Visit - Recognition of the Outbreak of World War 1
13 June 2014Tour - Music & Art in Vienna

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Boughton House – an English expression of French style
Tuesday 11 June 2019

Boughton House as it stands today is largely the work of Ralph Montagu, later 1st Duke of Montagu, who inherited what was then a simpler Tudor building, in 1683.

Montagu had been an English ambassador to France, and he was keen to bring French beauty and style to an English landscape. He expanded his home using contemporary French architectural influences and the resulting masterpiece is often referred to as ‘The English Versailles’.

His son, John, 2nd Duke of Montagu, was passionate about the landscape and made grand changes to the gardens.  His new landscape covered 100 acres, with water features, splendid vistas and tree-lined avenues.

What was once a simple Tudor manor, with a Great Hall at its heart, was now a palatial residence on the scale of the most splendid in the country. After the death of the 2nd Duke, the House passed through the female line to noble families whose main residences were elsewhere. The Dukedom of Montagu became extinct and for two centuries, the House ‘slept’.

However in the 20th century it once again became a beloved family home, the residence of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, a descendant of the Montagus.

Today, the House continues to be a great favourite of visitors looking for peace, elegance and the expression of man’s pursuit of cultural excellence.