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ENGLAND - BURGHLEY HOUSE
Burghley House is a grand structure built in the first Elizabethan age. There was a religious house on the site of the present structure as early as the 12th century and it was the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s that gave the 1st Lord Burghley’s father the opportunity to build up an estate. But it was Burghley himself who erected the actual mansion, seemingly even trying his hand as his own architect. He completed the house that is named after him almost ten years before his death, but it was the 5th Earl who is responsible for much of the interior now on display, in particular the baroque painted ceilings and walls by Verrio. Outside the house much of the present landscaping is by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whom the 9th Earl employed.
The house is no longer occupied by the head of the family, but Burghley still counts as a true Cecil property as it is presided over by Lady Victoria Leatham, the only child of the 6th Marquess by his second wife.
Burghley House is open to the public and welcomes many visitors to marvel at the gardens and house and to the many events held there, including the renowned horse trials.
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