Originally a monastery, Woburn Abbey was given by Edward VI to the Russell family in 1547. Since then, leading architects, including Henry Flitcroft, Henry Holland and Sir Jeffery Wyatville, have created the stunning historic house that it is today. Woburn Abbey and the Russell family have been at the centre of social and political intrigues for centuries and today's Duke and Duchess of Bedford are making their own impact on this fascinating ancestral home.
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, England, UK. The present house was remodeled by Flitcroft and Henry Holland into a treasure house of ceramics, silver, furniture, and paintings, including, among others, works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Velasquez, and over 20 views of Venice by Canaletto.