Saturday, June 07, 2014
I took the train to Audley End,
The mansion was my goal.
It's just one hour from Liv'pool Street
And half an hour's stroll.
It's somewhat pricey to get in,
You pay up at the gate,
But there's a good amount to see
Across the whole estate.
The house is early Jacobean,
The Great Hall is a beauty,
Each room beyond holds many tales,
Just ask the guides on duty.
The high point is the Royal bed -
Lord Braybrooke hoped for fame
So had this huge four poster built,
But King George never came.
Do look in on the service wing,
To see the maids in caps.
And join the tearoom queue for scones,
I liked their pulled pork baps.
The gardens are especially fine,
Some formal, some more 'kitchen',
The River Cam flows slowly through
The view can be bewitchin'.
Meet horses in the stable block -
Their names are Bob and Robbie,
Or gasp at the amazing hedge,
It must be someone's hobby.
For added bonus cross the road,
And ride the mini train,
A lengthy loop runs through the woods,
The teddy bears' domain!
A bit of history, bit of fun,
The grounds are neat and orderly.
I wonder if perhaps you'd like,
A genteel time at Audley.
by dg, aged 11 and 153 quarters
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