Hughenden Manor

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High Wycombe, England

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Vikram Vikram
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Don't ever forget its role in WW2! Aug 23, 2017
You read that correctly! On face value, Hughenden Manor, located roughly 20km from the High Wycombe city centre is another grand red brick Victorian mansion. It was home to UK Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (long story there itself - he was Jew, emigrated from Israel and dropped the apostrophe in D'Israeli to blend in).

But long after his death in 1910, this mansion played a very crucial role in WW2. It was codenamed "Hillside", and several aerial photographs of Germany were brought and analysed here, and this helped create plans for the UK's bombing missions.

Today, the property which sits on acres of some amazing green lawns is a National Trust Heritage property. It boasts of a working church, live cattle (yes, complete with cattle grids!), a working garden famous for its apples, and of course the house itself which one can tour. The Italian style garden plays home to several kids' activities.

Again, whilst I wouldn't rate this as a "must must visit" for the first or second timers to the UK, it carries quite an impressive history for a house that looks so "vanilla" at first.

Oh, and don't miss the clay foot in Disraeli's library. Taking a note from the then Queen, he immortalised his wife's foot (a sign that he loved her!)
Entrance to the property
Live cattle!!
The church garden
The church
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