How I became a Waddesdon Warden, 1999 model
Audrey Hughes provides us with a lovely reminiscence on how she came to work at Waddesdon.
As a visitor to Waddesdon, I was wandering through the house, lonely as a cloud, as is usual because I take too long looking at things. It must have been getting late in the afternoon one Wednesday, when I was discussing the subject of one of the paintings in the Bedroom Corridor with myself (another irritating habit) when a voice said ‘You’re enjoying yourself, aren’t you?’
‘Yes,’ I replied, looking for the source of the voice which seemed to come from the sort of chair I would not have dared to sit upon. There was a somewhat aged gentleman reclining at ease on the East Landing. ‘You ought to work here,’ he said.
‘How?’ I enquired. He told me and after a phone call and a brief interview with the important person who was in the General Manager’s office, I became the newest ‘warden’, an important but tiny link in the security of this amazing house. Alas, I have now been here so long I have forgotten the name of that gentleman who introduced me to this amazing place, but he did me an enormous favour!
By Audrey Hughes, Warden.
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