Waddesdon Manor was built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, and was bequeathed to the National Trust by his great-nephew James. The Rothschild family still administers the house on behalf of the Trust. The Renaissance-styled building in fact has an innovative steel frame and was equipped from the beginning with then-cutting edge technology such as electric lighting; Queen Victoria is said to have spent an entranced ten minutes turning one of the chandeliers on and off.
The Manor hosts regular events and is one of the National Trust's most visited properties. Important guests have included Churchill and Henry James, and the collection of art and curios, including a jaw-dropping musical elephant, is remarkable.
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