The wife and I went to Stonor Park at the weekend for the Bentley Drivers Club Concours meeting and we had a splendid time.
Whilst there we took the opportunity to have a look round the house which is the oldest family owned house in England and has a fascinating history, the fortunes of the house and chapel are strongly tied to the travails of the Catholics in Britain. When Henry VIII formed the Church of England in the 1530s Catholics, including the Stonor family were forced to take a much reduced part in public life. Crippling fines were levied and many were persecuted and forced to go into hiding.
At Stonor there is a poignant reminder of these times in the roof space and priest hole where Sir Edmund Campion hid whilst printing the famous Ten Reasons’ pamphlet in the 1580s.
This is the front of the house and to the left is a rather splendid wing and to the right is another, together with the Chapel belonging to the house, I do think having ones own Chapel does bring an air of class to any house, every home should have one!
There was a superb collection of Bentley motor cars, some of the rarest and most expensive one might come across, the following is a small selection of some of them.
I believe No 9 is a genuine 1929 Le Mans blower Bentley, very nice to say the least.
Bentley motor cars as far as the eye can see, what a fabulous sight, over three hundred cars attended, the weather was fabulous, we met our friends and all was well with the world. How lucky we are.