Waddesdon Manor – a mere country house for a weekend residence!
Stately homes never cease to amaze me. While most of the country worked long hours in factories or toiled on the land the landed gentry lived in luxury waited on hand and foot by an array of hundreds of servants.
Waddesdon Manor was built in the style of a magnificent French Chateau as a weekend residence for Baron Ferdinand De Rothchild in the nineteenth century.
It seems that the enormous wealth of the British Empire, amassed from all around the world, was being channelled directly into the pockets of a tiny elite. Nothing much has changed there then!
This impressive building housed hundreds of servants, was built in the midst of extensive gardens with miles and miles of grounds around it, all landscaped. The cost for this weekend retreat is truly staggering. Compared to the living conditions of the average person the inequality is stupendous.
It housed lavish collections of art and furniture. It’s wine cellars stocked 15,000 bottles and I bet there wasn’t a bottle of plonk among them.
Well the French got fed up with this gross inequality and had a revolution. Seems amazing to me that we didn’t follow suite. Maybe we’re just a little slow to get started?
These two gargoyles on the gatepost by the stables seem to be of The Green Man – the old Pagan British religion – a symbol of rebellion?
It’s time we learnt from our history!!
I’m always angered by what I see in our history. The wealthy lived in such ridiculous extravagance in stately homes with droves of servants, huge gardens, banquets, coaches and clothes and jewellery and a lavish lifestyle that was unbelievable. The people who produced that wealth were the slaves out on the plantations and the poor factory workers and miners who were crammed into the slums, who worked fourteen hours a day for a pittance, who worked in terrible dangerous conditions, who lived in extreme poverty, disease and destitution.
It was only the work of the abolitionists, socialists, suffragettes and trade unions who fought for justice and fairness who screwed compromise out of the capitalists. They rightly improved the conditions of the working people, improved salaries, introduced the welfare state and brought in environmental legislation for the good of us all.
As the wealth of the nation has increased those gains have been eroded, the inequality has once again increased, the trade unions have been emasculated and workers conditions and pay have been diminished.
The few are channeling in the wealth while ordinary people struggle.
It is time we moved back to a real socialist agenda to bring back more fairness and justice for ordinary people.