National Trust, Bradenham Manor

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Bradenham Manor (not open to the public), in the village of the same name, was originally built in the 1670s for Sir Edward Pye, Bt, and his wife Catherine Lucas. Her portrait, signed and dated 1639 by the rare artist Henry Giles, was acquired for the National Trust by Sir Edward Dashwood in 2001. The whole village was bequeathed to the National Trust by Ernest E. Cook (1865–1955), grandson of Thomas Cook, founder of the first international tourist agency. He was also the donor of the National Trust’s Assembly Rooms in Bath, Montacute, Buscot Park and Coleshill. He also rescued Hartwell House (more recently given to the Trust as a historic house hotel). It had previously been inhabited from 1829 by Isaac D’Israeli (1766–1848), the author of a number of works popularising the results of his researches into books and manuscripts in the British Museum and, now famously, the father of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Sadly nothing remains to testify his occupancy of it.

near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire England

01494 755573

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