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The park surrounding the Woburn Abbey played a vital role in the survival of the Père David Deer. The deer comes orginally from China. It could only surviven there under the protection of the emperor. But that protection fell away during the Boxer Revolution of 1900. All the Père David deer disappeared in China. Fortunately, the Chinese had made a donation of some deer to England. The Duke of Bedford collected the 16 European animals and created a flock to preserve this deer for posterity. In 1985 the deer was put into the wild again.
The history of Woburn Abbey dates back to 1145. The fifteenth Duke of Bedford and his family lived in the main buildings. Visitors can see three floors and cellars. You can admire here paintings by Gainsborough, Van Dyck, Cuyp and Canaletto (21 views of Venice) . Hundreds of deer are running around the abbey.
Linked themes: History