Ickworth Park

In Hervey, Horringer, Ickworth Park, National Trust, Voltaire on July 30, 2005 at 11:23 am

8am 8.5 miles in 1hr 13 mins. Year to date mileage 671 miles, Month to date 136 miles, average miles per week this year 22.3 and average per month 97.

Weather was beautiful and sunny.

Course: Set of towards Horringer over fields towards Lord Hervey’s wood and Great Horringer Hall. Along Westley Lane and into Horringer Village. At the Church turn right into Ickworth Park, down to Ickworth House and then do a circuit of Albana Wood before returning on the same route.

Now owned by the National Trust the rotunda shaped house at Ickworth Park was built around 1803 as the home of Frederick Hervey. The Herveys family were the earls and Marquesses of Bristol. The house is 700 feet long and 100 feet high. From the photo you will see lots of boarding this is where the national Trust are carrying out some work to restore the west wing.

During the 18th century Lady Mary Hervey was a famous beauty and is remembered as the only women to whom Voltaire addressed a poem written in English.

Much of the great park was designed by Capability Brown. Here you can see herds of deer, rabbits and lots of woodpeckers. There is a vineyard and several walks. A good website to find out more is http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/ickworth/index.html.

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