The Sidney Sussex Society held another successful event on Saturday, 13th October at Boughton House in Northamptonshire. Boughton House has been the home of the Montagus and their descendants since 1528 and is now the home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and his family. The House sits at the heart of the 4,500ha Boughton Estate and has grown over the centuries, starting life as simple Tudor manor and evolving into its present palatial style emulating Versailles.
Duke Richard joined alumni for coffee in the Stableyard restaurant and welcomed them to his home. A tour of the house by Duke Richard, accompanied by Charles Lister the Duke’s Property Manager, then followed. Alumni were advised to keep their coats with them during the tour as the lack of heating in the house meant it was warmer outside than in! Highlights of the tour include the Great Hall, the State Rooms with their ceiling paintings and Mortlake tapestries, the remarkable collection of oil paintings and furniture, the fascinating Audit Room, the Armoury and the ‘Unfinished Wing’.
After lunch Duke Richard and Charles Lister accompanied alumni on a tour of the grounds which included the Broadwater Lake and Walled Garden as well as the ‘Orpheus’ landscape art project by Kim Wilkie. Orpheus is the first new feature in the Boughton landscape for nearly 300 years. Completed in 2009, the inverted grass pyramid echos the nearby Mount of 1723 and sinks nearly eight metres below the nearby canal to a calm pool of reflection.
Although the weather was dry and sunny throughout the tour of the grounds October’s chill soon set in and alumni were appreciative of a cup of warming tea accompanied by a homemade scone before departing for home.
- Ian Stephen, Chairman of the Sidney Sussex Society and The Duke of Buccleuch