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Owned by English Heritage, Audley End is one of England's finest country houses, and is also a mansion with a difference. In about 1605–14 Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, took an earlier house created by his grandfather Lord Audley on the site of Walden Abbey, and rebuilt it on the scale of a royal palace. Robert Adam transformed this house for Sir John Griffin Griffin in the 1760s, while Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown remodelled the grounds, to create one of England's finest landscape gardens.
King Charles II took a fancy to Audley End and the Earl of Suffolk sold him the house and 100 acres of the land. However, he did allow the Earl to remain in one of the wings.
So our event is based losely around one of the King's few visits to Audley End, to tie in with EH's Horses through History. We are the Earl's servants helping to entertain the King while he watches a display of dressage by his French guests. A tented pavillion set up in the grounds where we can serve teh King and Queen a banquet