Spalding Springfields Probus Club members, wives and guests assembled on Wednesday August 27th at Spalding Bus Station for a 09:15 departure on a Cropleys coach to Audley End Mansion. We arrived there at roughly 11:00 and were met by a guide once the coach was parked up for us to get off. The day was fine and dry so waterproofs and umbrellas were not required. Cameras were needed however as the house and grounds really are quite spectacular.
The house was not opened until 12:00 so this gave us the opportunity to go for a hot drink and take a comfort break. I admit that I did have something to eat too. I can recommend their egg and mayonnaise sandwiches. When the door was opened we filed in and were allowed to tour the premises at our own pace. There was a lot to interest people inside. We were told that the building was once three times larger than it is now and in its heyday, the largest privately owned house in the country.
Having looked round the house, the next places to visit were the laundry and out buildings. Further away is the rather magnificent stable block where there are still some working horses as well as historical displays.
The group gathered at the car park at 15:00 in order to get back on the coach. En route back to Spalding we stopped off at the Belfry, Cambourne for a cream tea. After initial problems with service and quantity of food and drink, all were satisfied and we returned to the coach for our onward journey. I think I can safely say that the Spalding Springfields Probus Club visit to Audley End Mansion was a success as well as being excellent value for money. Everybody thanked Roger Human our secretary for organising such a good day out.
- The Probus Organisation
- September Speaker :- Andrew Parsons