Category Archives: History

Minority Groups

The National Trust are currently keen to highlight the achievements of minority groups at their properties, where they may well have suffered hostility. At Ashridge we can continue this theme with an expose of the Welsh legacy which runs deep … Continue reading

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Make hay while the sun shines is an old English proverb meaning to make good use of an opportunity while it lasts. Well the sun rays were very short lived last week for making hay in Meadleys meadow – the … Continue reading

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A Chequered Past

It is hard to imagine today that Kings and Queens and the aristocracy would have passed this way over the years. The Thursday volunteers have been working to restore the look of Old Copse Drive, in the shadow of the … Continue reading

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NATIONAL TRUST EXCURSION TO ASHRIDGE. “On Saturday, May 26th, the first of the summer excursions of members of the National Trust took place at Ashridge. Ninety members, accompanied by Mr. S. H. Hamer, the retiring secretary, and Mr. I). Macleod … Continue reading

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Back to its Roots

For those of you who did not spot the announcement in March of this year, The National Trust is to go back to its roots after admitting it had lost sight of one of its core founding principles – to protect … Continue reading

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Breaking the Rules

Deep down in the centre of the Estate lies the attractive Woodyard Cottage(s), built around 1820 when the Bridgewaters were becoming landed aristocrats. Already rich from their coal and canal activity in Lancashire, they rapidly extended their land holding once … Continue reading

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Back in Time

Another week, another challenge for the volunteers at Northchurch Flats where they have been working on and off for the last three months. Located at the southern end of the extensive Northchurch common, where the chalk is exposed at the … Continue reading

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Tales of Trees at Ashridge – part one

Ashridge opened a new exhibition on Saturday at the Visitor Centre – “Root & Branch”. A veritable feast for tree-huggers. The mature forest is really our equivalent of the rainforest. The exhibition will run for a year, and crystallizes the … Continue reading

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Pitstone Common Wood, now known as Sallow Copse, close by to Ringshall was the venue for the Thursday volunteers, on the coldest day of the year. The forestry team had been in earlier to cut down silver birch, which has … Continue reading

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Spot the Volunteer

Spot the Volunteer: A hundred years ago it would not be uncommon for volunteers to meet up with royalty and the great and the good, as part of a shooting party. Ashridge shooting parties were famous, drawing prominent guests over … Continue reading

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