Martin Ashley, DVP for Bedfordshire, hosted an enjoyable day out at Wrest Park on 15th May. The weather was glorious and the party enjoyed a tour of the grounds.
Wrest Park has been one of English Heritage’s key projects in recent years. The de Grey Family established a house at Wrest Park in the 14th Century, then between 1658 and 1702 Amabel Benn, wife of Henry, the 10th Earl, laid out large formal gardens and created the Long Water. The garden was then developed further by Capability Brown in the 1750s. Between 1834 and 1839 Thomas Robinson, Earl de Grey, demolished the old house, and built a new mansion in the French style complementing it with the introduction of formal flower gardens.
The party followed the tour with a picnic, washed down with some liquid refreshments. We were also delighted to be joined by the Reverend Stephen Williams, Vicar of Harlington, who told the group a little about the origins of the Grand National horse race with a steeplechase taking place in March 1830 between the church at Harlington to the obelisk at Wrest Park.
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