Anglesey Abbey is a country house, formerly a priory, in the village of Lode, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) northeast of Cambridge. The house and its grounds are owned by the National Trust and are open to the public as part of the Anglesey Abbey, Garden & Lode Mill property, although some parts remain the private home of the Fairhaven family.
The 98 acres (400,000 m²) of landscaped grounds are divided into a number of walks and gardens, with classical statuary, topiary and flowerbeds. The grounds were laid out in an 18th-century style by the estate's last private owner, the 1st Baron Fairhaven, in the 1930s. A large pool, the Quarry Pool, is believed to be the site of a 19th-century coprolite mine. Lode Water Mill dating from the 18th century was restored to working condition in 1982 and now sells flour to visitors.
For once we were blessed with excellent weather for photography: after weeks of bitingly cold east winds, it was a still day with relatively warm hazy sunshine. It is a huge site to cover in one day and most of us spent two long sessions in the grounds either side of lunch.
If you have not visited recently, I recommend it highly.
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