It was lovely to catch up with fellow OBs and a number of friends of the School at our visit to Woburn Abbey on Friday 9th June. Woburn Abbey is only a few miles from Bedford School and is the ancestral home of of the 15th Duke of Bedford and his family. It was founded as a monastery in 1145 and given to the Russell family in 1547. Since this time the Abbey has had a fascinating history, including operating as a hospital in World War I, and a number of refurbishment projects. Over the years a remarkable collection of artwork has been gathered, along with some beautiful pieces of porcelain, silver and gold. The highlight for many was the Canaletto collection along with the Armarda Painting of Elizabeth Ist. There have also been many interesting members of the Russell family. The “Flying Duchess” of the 1930s was certainly one such colourful character. The Abbey opened to the public in 1955 and is certainly worth a visit if you have not been before. After the tour the party enjoyed lunch together and having time to explore the estate and 3000 acre grounds and deer park. Hopefully everybody made it home!

Thank you to those that joined us. Please keep a look out for similar events in the future.

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