Hughenden Manor and Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

On the way to Hughenden we will first visit TIGGYWINKLES which was founded in 1978 by Les and Sue Stocker and their son Colin.  It is now one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world today, rarely having fewer than 1,000 patients in their care at any given time.  Situated in Haddenham, near Aylesbury, Tiggywinkles deals with over 70,000 animal enquiries each year, offering help and advice to veterinary units, rehabilitators and the general public worldwide.  The hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to attend to all the sick, injured or orphaned patients that come through our doors each year.  This year it has been looking after over 600 hedgehogs over the past winter months which were too small to survive in the wild.  We will have a guided tour and time for coffee or tea.

We will arrive at HUGHENDEN MANOR at mid-day.  The manor was first recorded in 1086, and by 1816 the manor and lands were owned by John Norris, a distinguished antiquary and scholar and, after his death, the estate was bought in 1847 by Isaac d'Israeli, the father of Benjamin Disraeli, the Victorian Prime Minister.  (Isaac had been renting the nearby Bradenham Manor for some time.)  In 1862 the Disraelis had the house remodelled by the architect  Edward Buckton Lamb.  The reception rooms are all on the ground floor, most with large plate glass windows giving onto the south-facing terrace overlooking a grassy parterre with views over the Hughenden Valley.  In 1947, the Disraelian Society made Hughenden over to the National Trust.  It is decorated as it might have been at the time it was occupied by Disraeli and it contains a collection of memorabilia including family portraits, Disraeli's own furnishings, a library including a collection of Disraeli's novels and one written and signed by Queen Victoria along with many of the books he inherited from his father.

To find out more, visit thew National Trust website.