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English, Oriental and Continental Porcelain

Woburn Abbey has an outstanding display of English, oriental and continental porcelain, including a Sèvres dinner service.

The Bedford Gift Service

The 4th Duke of Bedford was the British Ambassador to France and in 1763 negotiated the Treaty of Paris which brought an end to the Seven Years' War. Louis XV presented the Bedford Gift Service of Sèvres porcelain to Duchess Gertrude in appreciation of her husband's help during the negotiations. It is the only Sèvres service to be gifted to an English aristocrat. 

The Crypt Porcelain Display

The pavilion in the centre of the crypt contains another dinner and dessert service decorated with leaves and pink roses. It is a mixture of original pieces from the Sèvres factory, c.1762-70, and copies from other French and English factories. Other eye-catching porcelain pieces in the Crypt include:

  • Meissen dessert service of c. 1850, painted with romantic scenes
  • Wedgwood caneware table and breakfast service of 1809, moulded with a basket weave pattern
  • Japanese porcelain, including a set of late seventeenth-century Kakiemon octagonal plates decorated with a quail and millet motif
  • English porcelain from the Chelsea factory, including a fine pot pourri vase in the shape of a dovecote, c. 1755
  • Fruit plates made at Davenport c. 1830; when a guest selected a piece of fruit it was presented on the appropriate plate
  • Eighteenth-century Sèvres white 'biscuit' figures, unglazed porcelain fired only once

Events & Exhibitions

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Humphry Repton: Art & Nature for the Duke of Bedford

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Open to the public between 23rd March and 28th October 2018, the new exhibition explores the fascinating relationship between Repton and one of his greatest clients.
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

This event is now sold out - Jonathan Moseley will be at Woburn for 3 workshops in 2019.
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Housekeeper's Know-how

Ever wondered what it takes to preserve and care for a great stately home and its treasures? While we’re closed for the winter, our housekeeping team invites you behind-the-scenes for an exclusive glimpse into what it takes to complete Woburn Abbey’s annual ‘deep-clean’
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Carriage Tours - April

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Adam Frost: Introduction to Planting

Find out how to approach designing the beds and borders in your garden. Whether you are starting from scratch or want to refresh existing areas of your garden, Adam will share the essential things you need to know to get started.
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Spring and Easter Flower Celebration with Jonathan Moseley

Celebrate the arrival of spring with this masterclass in spring flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Humphry Repton Study Day

Immerse yourself in the life and work of the last great landscape designer of the 18th century.
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Carriage Tours - May

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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How to Run a Stately Home: Talk and Lunch

Join Simon Pestell, former Butler to The Duke and Duchess and now the Abbey’s Head Housekeeper, to find out ‘How to Run a Stately Home’.
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Summer Flowers Sensation with Jonathan Moseley

Celebrate the wealth of opportunities summer offers for growing and arranging flowers with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 22nd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2019

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Early Bird rates can now be booked on-line for the Gardeners' Garden Show.
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VIP Garden Show package Sunday 23rd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Carriage Tours - June

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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How to Run a Stately Home: Talk and Lunch

Join Simon Pestell, former Butler to The Duke and Duchess and now the Abbey’s Head Housekeeper, to find out ‘How to Run a Stately Home’.
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Carriage Tours - July

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Carriage Tours - August

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.