In the underground vaults at Woburn Abbey, you will discover a breathtaking selection of some of the family silver and gold. This includes breadbaskets which were the 4th Duke’s wedding present to his second wife Gertrude. They were commissioned from Paul de Lamerie, one of the finest Huguenot silversmiths.
You will also see a set of candlesticks by David Willaume, who lived less than four miles away in the small village of Tingrith. You might pass this village on your way to visit Woburn Abbey.
Make sure to look out for the inscribed bracelet that was given to Anna Maria, wife of the future 7th Duke, by Queen Victoria in 1838. If you look closely you can see Anna Maria wearing the bracelet in her portrait upstairs on The Duke's Corridor.
Some of the items in these vaults are still used by the family today and may be 'missing' from the cases if there are guests in residence. For example the 12 individual silver gilt teapots are used for visitors to have morning tea.