Ines and I went to Waddesdon the other day. It was the 1st of June, and for Ines's birthday, we thought we should visit the place. She had wanted to go there for some time, and I took the day off from work because it was last Thursday. Waddesdon Manor is not far from where we live, about 49 miles (79km) towards Aylesbury via M25.
The Rothschild family originated from the Jewish ghetto in Frankfurt, Germany. They became the most powerful banking family of the 19th century. There were five brothers, and their family crest or coat of arms has five arrows.They established a multinational bank in Europe's financial capitals. Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand (1839-1898), who was born in Paris and raised in Frankfurt and Vienna. His mother was an English Rothschild, and his father was from the Viennese branch of the family. He permanently lived in England since 1860 and married his cousin Evelin. Sadly, she passed away during childbirth in 1866.
lice left both her estates to her great-nephew James De Rothschild (1878-1957), who was Mathilde's grandson. He married Dorothy Pinto, who was English. He added his father's art collection to Waddesdon Manor.
What interested me the most was Rothschild's involvement in the creation of the State of Israel.
1. This is the letter from foriegn secretary, Arthur james Balfour to lord Rothchild, 2/11/1917 -sending copy of the Balfour Declaration, a public statement by the British Government to Lord Rothchild announcing their support for the establishement of a "national home for the jewish People" in palestine.
6. 500 Shekel Note - Issued by teh Israely government in 1982 to commemorate the centenary of Baron Edmond's work in Palestine.
8. medal commemorating Baron Edmond and James de Rothschild
One of the most important parts for me was obviously the wine cellar. It consists of a huge underground cellar and tasting rooms.
It also had some old wine bottles signed by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Lady Diana.
Finally, here are two important art pieces from the collection. These were very detailed artworks.
This is an amazing collection of art, valuable items, and some historically important documents on display. Visit if you can.
-Ajith Dharmakeerthi 05/06/2023