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Audley End was once one of the greatest houses in England, a spectacular early 17th-century mansion set in an outstanding landscaped park. Now just a third of its original size, its history is one of vastly fluctuating fortunes, with episodes of ambitious development followed by periods of decline and retrenchment. This story is evident in both house and park – in the changing use of the rooms, the contrasting taste in interiors and garden styles, and the diverse collection of paintings and objects that reflect the owners and their times.
Explore the history of Audley End House and Gardens here.
Read a full account of Audley End’s long and varied history, from the priory founded on the site in the 12th century to the present day.
During the Second World War, Audley End was used as a training base by the Polish Section of the Special Operations Executive. Discover their incredible story.
In this episode of our Speaking with Shadows podcast, Josie Long visits Audley End to discover the story of the Poles who trained here during the Second World War.
Find out how England’s foremost landscape gardener fell out spectacularly with Sir John Griffin Griffin, the owner of Audley End.
Discover how John Griffin Griffin installed domestic inventions and comforts at Audley End that were well ahead of their time.
View detailed images of some highlights from the diverse collection at Audley End – from paintings to natural history tableaux.
Discover some of the secrets of The Vegetable Seller – revealed through recent conservation and technical analysis.
Read about the life of Richard, the 4th Baron Braybrooke, who suffered from a debilitating illness most of his adult life, and how his interests in collecting and archaeology helped him face the challenges of his disabilitiy.
In Victorian times, the lavish lifestyle of aristocrats like Lord and Lady Braybrooke at Audley End was sustained by armies of servants. In the 1880s they employed well over one hundred people in the house and across the estate.
Take an in-depth look at the lives of the men, women and children who worked at Audley End in the 1880s, from Avis Crocombe the cook to Bert Fall the yard boy.read the article
Read a description of this impressive house and its gardens, which have been shaped by various owners over the centuries.
Download this PDF to explore detailed plans and elevation drawings of Audley End that reveal how the house has developed.
Explore architectural highlights of Audley End and close-up views of some of the portraits that hang in the house with this Google Arts and Culture exhibit.
See all the recipe videos featuring Avis Crocombe, cook at Audley End in the 1880s, and find out more about her life.
This beautifully photographed book features fully tested and modernised recipes from Avis Crocombe’s cookbook.
Find out why Audley End is a site of such value, both for the architecture and contents of the house and for its 18th-century landscape.
Read a summary of the current state of research on Audley End, with details of excavations, investigations and areas for future research.
Use this list of written, visual and material sources for our knowledge and understanding of Audley End for further research into its history.
Delve into our history pages to discover more about our sites, how they have changed over time, and who made them what they are today.
One of England's finest country houses, Audley End is also a mansion with a difference. Enjoy a great day out.
Take a journey through a year of seasonal garden highlights at Audley End to discover something new with every visit.
The guidebook offers a complete tour and history of Audley End house and Gardens, and brings the house to life with stunning photos and historic images.