字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi I'm Maddie and today I've come to Audley End. This incredible place has a rich and varied history and there is so much to explore. So, let's get started. I'm having a bit of a nose around the main house and I've just come across this corridor and it's like walking through a natural history museum. You've just got these cabinets of curiosities everywhere. Hi Peter! Peter is curator of collections here at Audley End and wow, this house is incredible. Tell me a bit about the room that we're sat in right now. Well, the room we're in now is called the Saloon and it's where the family in the 18th and 19th century would have enjoyed tea perhaps after dinner, they would have entertained their guests here, just somewhere to relax and spend time enjoying the view perhaps. So, I guess we would think of this as a lounge or sitting room, something like that. Exactly. But when you say the family, are we talking about the Braybrookes at this point? Well, there have been many different owners of Audley End over the years, some with children some without children, people would have had very different ideas about how they want to furnish the room, so in this room for example, we have a ceiling that is 400 years old from the Jacobean period We have paintings from the 18th century We have furnishings from the 19th century, so it's a real mixture of different periods and styles and tastes of different family members. I love the idea that this house has belonged to a family of travellers and explorers and I love the eclectic style that you get here. It's amazing. Well, I really enjoy working with all these objects and sometimes people have an idea of what a typical English country house is, but this completely blows that out of the water, you find things from every corner of the world, it's like a microcosm of the world in the collections that you find here. So, this is the Great Hall Wow. Is this one of the first rooms that guests or visitors would have seen? This is really the first room that people would see when they came into the house. and it's definitely designed to have the wow factor. You know you've arrived at a really great, important house when you come into this space. What was the room used for? Well it really came into it's own when there were big grand events - weddings, Christmas dinners, any kind of feast or banquet, this room would have been filled with tables and chairs and people dining. But when those types of events weren't happening, and the family with their 8 children in the 19th century were here on their own, we know that the children liked to play badminton here. Why? How? A few years ago, when we were cleaning the Great Hall screen, we found some 19th century shuttlecocks lodged high up so wayward shots perhaps that they couldn't retrieve. Peter, there is a lot of taxidermy at Audley End, but what's so special about this one? Well, this is one of my favourites. Meet Paddy the female otter. Well, the 5th Lord Braybrooke acquired Paddy during a fishing trip to Ireland. And when we say acquired Paddy, this is Paddy as a an alive otter? As a live otter, as a young otter pup, and Paddy was brought back to Audley End and as the label says, lived up afterwards for many years in a pond in the Rose Garden, so became something of a family pet, and then after Paddy's death, Paddy became part of the taxidermy collection. They didn't want to let go of Paddy? Well, Paddy has been immortalised here and will stay here forever more. Wow, how interesting. This is the definition of a cabinet of curiosities I love it. And if we have a little look inside, you can see that it contains perhaps some of the more unusual quirky, types of objects that might have intrigued children perhaps horrified them. I can understand that, and you say horrified I'm looking at that - that is disgusting. Well, this is a lovely specimen, that is a Russian rats tail killed in Sebastopol, still with a little bit of fur on the end. And, there's a little tin there, can I open it up? Yes, well this little tin has a label on the front that says chocolate nougat from Africa If you open it you can see it's still inside. Woah. How old is that? That we think is about 120 years old. Why didn't they eat it? I don't trust anyone who leaves a bit of chocolate in a tin. Would you like to eat that? No, I'm alright. We have come to the top of the house to use this key. Where is it going to lead us? Well this isn't somewhere that people can normally go to, but I thought perhaps you might like to have a look on the roof? Because you can see the landscape and the rest of the site you can explore afterwards. Ah some good views then. So, here we are on the roof and from here you can really appreciate this beautiful landscape. It looks very natural. It does, yes. But actually it's completely artificial and that was what Capability Brown was known for doing in the 18th century so, the lawn is levelled off the river is widened to look like a lake, even the hillside is in some respects artificial with trees positioned at particular places. I've been wandering around the kitchen gardens and I am surrounded by delicious fruits and vegetables, and that's all thanks to Head Gardener here, Louise. This is a wonderful place to be. It really does feel alive, there's something quite magical about gardens I find anyway, with all the life bursting around you. So it's all used, it's all harvested. It's either used on sites, so through the tea rooms and the restaurant on site. We also sell some to visitors, so we have a a small produce shop, and the majority of it we sell to a local organic box scheme. It's not just the kitchen gardens you have here, there's an ornamental garden as well, yes - what do you call that? The major ornamental area is the Parterre Garden, at the rear of the house. What is Parterre? Parterre means pattern on the ground, so it's a bit like a tapestry. It's really designed to be seen from above. What is it that you do here? I'm the historian and I've worked on a number of projects including this one in the service wing. What I love is that you can explore the kitchen gardens and see the produce, then you can come to the service wing and get an idea for the recipes that would be made, and then you can walk to the main hall and imagine it being served at some lavish banquet. You really get a sense of the whole picture. Yes, you certainly do and you can go from field to fork here which is just such a unusual situation to be able to do. The fact that we've got the kitchen garden growing things authentically how they were in the 1880s and we know that because of some of the records that we've got. We've got a diary from one of the gardeners And then we can go all the way through to the kitchens and we are cooking those recipes So it's really nice to be able to do that and have that level of authenticity. Wow. I've come to explore the stables in the grounds and from the outside you would never know this was a home to horses, because the building itself is so grand but I've come to talk to Head Groom, this is Charlie, and of course we're here with - Hovis Hovis is lovely. He's a very handsome boy. And why were there horses here at Audley End? All the families used them for carriage driving, it was the way they travelled around, they did a lot of hunting as well, the ladies rode side saddle and it was for show, a status symbol, the more horses and carriages you had - the richer you were So how many horses did they have? They would have had on average about 17 or 18 horses at a time, but they had room for up to 40 because they needed to accommodate all their guests horses when they came to visit as well. Really? 40 horses in just this area around where we are now? Yes. Wow. And how many horses are here today? Today, we have 5 resident horses living here all year round. I've had such a wonderful day here at Audley End and there really is something for everybody all year round. Whether you want to wander through the grounds, and the gardens, or feel immersed in the service wing, or even pick apart those layers of history in the main house and explore all of the fascinating curiosities. Being here is a bit like going through a journey through time and I can't wait to come back with my family.