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Pictures of Winslow Hall

a Historic Building in the town of Winslow, in the county of Buckinghamshire

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About Winslow Hall

Fascinating stately home designed by Sir Christopher Wren with an elegant russet brick fascia, graceful narrow windows and four jaunty chimneys in symmetrical line. By any standards this is an imposing house and the fact that it has remained largely unaltered for centuries adds to its appeal.

Winslow Hall was built for Sir William Lowndes, Secretary of the Treasury to King William III in around 1698. Sir William required a manor house of substance, Wren delivered this in full measure. The classical exterior perfectly offsets the sumptuous interior of magnificent rooms showing early English furniture from the 18th-century and priceless Chinese art. Oak panelling is a feature of the outstanding Morning Room and there is ornate decoration everywhere, including the remarkable Painted Room which happens to be a bedroom. The Hall is surrounded by sweeping lawns, terraces and tree lined avenues laid out originally by the kings gardener, Royal craftsmen are also credited with much of the exceptional carpentry and other works to the house.

The Hall remained a private residence until the Second World War when it was given over for use by the Royal Air Force. It is once again in private ownership and is open for public view on certain days during the summer.

The delightful town of Winslow has a long and illustrious history. It was first mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. The town lies in an outstanding position amid attractive agricultural countryside in the Vale of Aylesbury. A quiet stroll around the town reveals a pleasant market square where you will find the old world Bell Inn and attractive shops. Many of the town's buildings belong to the Victorian era, this gives Winslow its air of order and harmony. Off the High Street there is a patchwork of narrow lanes crammed with quintessentially English timber-framed houses and pretty cottages. Standing at one end of the High Street is the town's chief glory - the lovely church dedicated to St.Lawrence. Of Norman architecture, built mainly in the 12th-century, the church has lavish decoration and a beautifully carved Jacobean pulpit. There are 15th-century wall paintings and a host of other treasures gathered throughout it's long history. It is a calm, peaceful church in which to spend time looking around and enjoy a few serene prayerful moments.

Circled by many pleasurable towns and villages, Winslow makes an ideal base to explore the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury and take a look at lovely Buckinghamshire.

Tourist Attractions include include: Silverstone Grand Prix course and museum, Stowe Gardens, Claydon House (NT), The River Great Ouse, Wildlife Park and Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.

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