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Encyclopedia > Woburn Abbey
The layout of Woburn before partial demolition.
The west front of Woburn Abbey, as seen approaching the house.
The west front of Woburn Abbey, as seen approaching the house.
The east side of the Abbey, looking into the former central courtyard.
The east side of the Abbey, looking into the former central courtyard.

Woburn Abbey, near Woburn, Bedfordshire, England, is the seat of the Duke of Bedford, head of the Russell Family. The Abbey was a half-demolished, half-derelict house in 1953 when the 12th Duke died, exposing the family estates to heavy death duties for the second time in thirteen years. The Abbey, originally given to the family by Henry VIII, had been largely rebuilt by the 4th Duke in the 18th century. The architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland had been employed on the project. Following World War II, dry rot had been discovered and half the Abbey was subsequently demolished. A plan of the house and pleasure ground at Woburn from Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis (1816), a book about horticultural experiments conducted at Woburn. ... A plan of the house and pleasure ground at Woburn from Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis (1816), a book about horticultural experiments conducted at Woburn. ... Download high resolution version (1849x1137, 231 KB)Photograph of Woburn Abbey, created by Viki Male 26/08/04 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Download high resolution version (1849x1137, 231 KB)Photograph of Woburn Abbey, created by Viki Male 26/08/04 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2304x1536, 733 KB) Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire]], England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2304x1536, 733 KB) Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire]], England. ... St. ... Bedfordshire is a county in England and forms part of the East of England region. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... The titles of Earl or Duke of Bedford were created several times in the peerage of England. ... The Most Noble Hastings William Sackville Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford MA (December 21, 1888–October 9, 1953) was the son of Herbrand Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford. ... Silver groat of Henry VIII, minted c. ... John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford (1710-1771), second son of Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford, by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of John Howland of Streatham, Surrey, was born on 30 September 1710. ... Henry Flitcroft (August 30, 1697 – February 25, 1769) was a major English architect in the second generation of Palladianism. ... Sir Henry Holland, father of the 1st Viscount Knutsford, was a cousin of the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and son-in-law to the wit Sydney Smith whose daughter Saba, he married as his second wife. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Following his father's death, John, 13th Duke of Bedford opened it to the public for the first time in 1955. It soon gained in popularity as other amusements were added, including the safari park. The 13th Duke died in November 2002 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. Asked about the unfavourable comments by other aristocrats when he turned the family home into a theme park he once said, "I do not relish the scorn of the peerage, but it is better to be looked down on than overlooked." The Most Noble John Ian Robert Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford (May 24, 1917–October 25, 2002) was a British peer and writer, the son of Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford. ... A safari park is a zoo-like commercial tourist attraction where visitors can drive in their own vehicles and observe the wildlife, rather than viewing animals in cages or small enclosures. ... Nickname: The City Different Location in the State of New Mexico Coordinates: Country United States State New Mexico County Santa Fe Founded 1607  - Mayor David Coss Area    - City  37. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ...


The 14th Duke, Robin (who enjoyed the courtesy title Marquess of Tavistock), ran Woburn Abbey for many years with his wife, the former Henrietta Tiarks, before inheriting the title on the death of his Monte Carlo-based father. Henry Robin Ian Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford (January 21, 1940 - June 13, 2003), known before 2002 by the courtesy title Marquess of Tavistock, became better known to the public than most of his ancestors by appearing in a television series. ... The titles of Earl or Duke of Bedford were created several times in the peerage of England. ... Monte Carlo is a very wealthy section of the city-state of Monaco known for its casino, gambling, beaches, glamour, and sightings of famous people. ...


Robin, 14th Duke of Bedford (the briefest holder of the Dukedom), died in June 2003. His son, Andrew, 15th Duke of Bedford, now runs the Woburn Abbey Estate. Andrew Ian Henry Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford (b. ...


Anna Maria, the wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, was the originator of the afternoon tea ritual in 19th century England. Anna Maria Stanhope (3 September 1783 - 3 July 1857), the Duchess of Bedford of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, was the originator of the afternoon tea ritual in 19th century England. ... Bedford is the county town of the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Bedfordshire is a county in England and forms part of the East of England region. ...


In the early 1990s, Woburn Abbey was owned by the Tussauds Group who, with the help of John Wardley, (creator of roller coasters such as Nemesis and Oblivion) set out to build a large park. However, Tussauds bought Alton Towers instead and that is now the United Kingdom's most visited theme park attraction. The Tussauds Group is a large vistor attraction business operating primarily in the United Kingdom, in addition to five other countries. ... John Wardley is a consultant who specialises in concept design and development for the Theme Park and other mass tourism and leisure industries. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... Nemesis is a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster opened in 1994 at Alton Towers in Forbidden Valley. ... It has been suggested that Oblivion RollerCoaster be merged into this article or section. ... Alton Towers is one of Britains most famous theme parks. ...


The park does, however, contain the Woburn Safari Park. Woburn Abbey Deer Park Woburn Safari Park is a safari park located in Woburn, Bedfordshire in the UK. Visitors to the park can drive through the large animal exhibits, which contain species such as White Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers and Black Bears. ...


In 1970, Lucio Fulci filmed scenes here for his classic movie "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" aka "Una lucertola con la pelle di donna"


See also

Woburn Place is a street in central London (WC1), England, named after Woburn Abbey. ... Woburn Square is the smallest of the Bloomsbury Squares and owned by the University of London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Map sources for Woburn Abbey
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WOBURN ABBEY : Encyclopedia Entry (388 words)
Woburn Abbey, near Woburn, Bedfordshire, England, is the seat of the Duke of Bedford, head of the Russell Family.
The Abbey was a half-demolished, half-derelict house in 1953 when the 12th Duke died, exposing the family estates to heavy death duties for the second time in thirteen years.
In the early 1990s, Woburn Abbey was owned by the Tussauds Group who, with the help of John Wardley, (creator of roller coasters such as Nemesis and Oblivion) set out to build a large park.
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