News of AOUG in the East of England (06)
On yet another very wet day some Region 06 members met, as a Handshake Event with Region 05 at Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge. As we entered the abbey we were obliged to wear plastic covers over our shoes as it was so wet. The property has a very interesting history as it was built as a hospital in 1135. After about fifty years it was converted to being a priory before being dissolved by the infamous Henry VIII. A succession of various owners then took over the property. Lord Fairhaven was the owner before the abbey and gardens were handed over to the National Trust. Lord Fairhaven travelled all over the world following service in the First World War and he filled the house with many treasures including Old Master paintings, as well as tapestries and loads of various clocks. There were clocks in every room! In the gallery we admired a large bust of Oliver Cromwell who was the MP for Cambridge. Following the one way system we particularly admired two large glass cabinets. One contained shelves of carved stone figures mainly in jade and amethyst. The second cabinet displayed many religious crosses in many colours and sizes. We would have liked to have seen the extensive gardens but the heavy rain made this impractical.
Ramsey Hertzog – Region 05