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Of secret bunkers and English manor houses used during WW2

During the Second World War, Hughenden Manor was used as a secret intelligence base code-named “Hillside”.  This was found in the basement of the manor many years later when it was de-classified

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Newspapers from a secret WW2 bunker in the basement of Hughenden Manor

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Photography during World War 2

During the Second World War, Hughenden Manor was used as a secret intelligence base code-named “Hillside”. The UK Air Ministry staff at the manor analysed aerial photography of Germany and created maps for bombing missions, including the famous “Dambusters” raid.[9]

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Celebrating Spring at one of the most beautiful gardens in England

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Salisbury Cathedral – Built in 1258

Salisbury Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture.[1] The main body of the cathedralwas completed in only 38 years, from 1220 to 1258.

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Britain’s tallest spire – Structural engineering from 1258 and still standing

The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123m/404 ft) and to go up there is worth the 2 hours and many many many stairs

 

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6,500 Christmas Lights in the garden

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Waddesdon Manor – a fairytale house at sunset

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) bought the Waddesdon Estate – originally nothing but farmland – in 1874.  He wanted a country retreat built in the style of a Loire châteaux and soon engaged the French architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur.  The foundation stone was laid in 1877.  The completion of the Bachelors’ Wing in 1880 and the main part of the house in 1883 were celebrated with house parties of twenty guests.

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Waddesdon Manor Christmas Lights

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