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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Audley End

Bizarrely I haven't been to Audley since March on a day when it snowed!

I arrived as it opened but alas it misty!

This is the chicken area! these Mallards are taking advantage!

My view as I read.... and the sun started to burn through! Oh I am reading a physical book one of those best of SF short story collections I talked about a while back. Eric Frank Russell in case you are interested.

Audley was built on the site of Walden Abbey. The house was built for entertaining King James I by the Earl's of Suffolk and was a prodigy house. It was bought by Charles II for use as a home when he went to the racng at Newmarket. It was returned to the Suffolk's in 1701 and over the next century reduced to its current size. It may still be an impressive building but what you see today is a 1/3 of what was built!

The Polish branch of the SOE was based here and this is a monument to the 108 poles who died in the service.

Not a bad place to watch the world go by!