Monday, 8th May, 2023

You will be relieved to know that there is a McDonald's in Cambridge so we went there for breakfast. The cost was £13.86 which is far less than anywhere else we have found which provides breakfast.

We then made our way to the Holiday Inn Express where we collected James and Caroline enroute to Wimpole Estate. The estate includes Wimpole Hall (an impressive mansion which is the largest house in Cambrideshire), parkland, gardens and a rare breed farm. We began our visit at the rare breed farm.

Part of the stables

I had not seen fallen trees treated in this manner before!

Oxford Sandy and Black + Berkshire Cross Porkers botn 11th/16th January

Gloucester Old Spot Gilt

A Shire horse (named Queenie)

A Shire horse (named Joseph, offspring of Queenie)

These fowers are "Allium Gladiator".

The front of Wimpole Hall

The Entrance Hall

The Grand Staircase

The Yellow Drawing Room was created in 1793 by combining seven other rooms.

The curved couches were made especially for the room .

The Long Gallery

The Book Room

The ceiling of the Book Room

The ceiling of the Library

The Long Gallery

Detail of above

The South Drawing Room

A rosewood writing table with a "trompe l'oeil" painting of cards, coins and documents (including a volume of sonatas and songs by Charpentier)

The Breakfast Room

The Grand Dining Room

Looking up from the bottom of thre staircase.

A painting of paintings - we were told that all except two have been identified as real paintings.

The Bath House was installed in 1792. You can also see an early 19th century shower. The bath holds 8,324 litres of water!

The bells for the servants

The Chapel (the walls and ceiling decoration is all painted in "trompe l'oeil".

The Housekeeper's Dry Store. The chests on the bottom held different sorts of tea. They must have been very fond of it!

The Butler's Pantry

The view from the the front of the house

Lunch at "The Old Rectory Restuarant"

After lunch, we dropped James and Caroline at the station and returned to our accommodation. About an hour later, we set off again to the city to go to Evensong at St John's College. The choir was "The St John's Voices" rather than the actual college choir. The music included the Responses by Rose, the canticles by Stanford in B flat and thne anthem "I Was Glad" by Parry (yes, again!). This time the "vivats" were included. The choir was excellent in every way - good diction and blending, lovely phrasing and great dynamics.

This lovely lectern sits just outside the chapel at St.John's and is not used anymore. It doesn't look impressed!

The chapel at St John's is wonderful! It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and was constructed between 1866 and 1869. We were not really supposed to take photos but I couldn't help myself.

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