DUNSTABLE. 36. Route. 263
open to the public. The house (adm. by special permission only), built
in 1808, contains a fine collection of Italian and Flemish paintings (Lnini,
Fra Filippo Lippi, Catena, Cima da Conegliano, 'Van Dyck, Rembrandt,
and a masterpiece by 'A. Cuyp).
We soon obtain a view of the Chiltern Hills, which give name
to the 'Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds', a nominal offioe con¬
ferred upon members of parliament wishing to resign their seats.
— 32 M. Tring (Rose & Crown) is an ancient town with a hand¬
some church, 2 M. from the station.
The mansion of Tring Park (Lord Rothschild) was built by Wren.
Visitors are courteously admitted to the Hon. Walter Rothschild's excel¬
lent Zoological Museum on Mon., Tues., Wed., and Frid., 1-4 (Frid. also
10-12) in summer, and 3-6 (Wed. 4-7) in winter. — Several families of
kangaroos have been successfully acclimatized in Tring Woods.
About 2'/2 M. to the W. of Tring is Drayton Beauchamp, where the
'Judicious Hooker' was rector (1585), when visited by Cranmer and Sandys,
as narrated by Izaak Walton.
Beyond Tring the train traverses the Chiltern Hills by a deep
cutting and enters Buckinghamshire. 36 M. Cheddington is the
junction of a line to Aylesbury (p. 385). — 4072 M. Leighton is
the station for Leighton Buzzard ('Beau Desert'; Swan), a small
town 1/2 M. to the W., with an E.E. church and a market-cross.
About 372 M. to the S. (1 M. from Cheddington) is Mentmore, a seat
of Lord Rosebery, of which Matthew Arnold says 'it is like a Venetian
palace doubled in size, and all Europe has been ransacked to fill it with
appropriate furniture' (no adm.).
Fkom Leighton to Dunstable and Luton, II72 M., railway in 1/2-I hr.
(fares Is. 10d., is. Id., iiy2d.). — 6 M. Dunstable (Sugarloaf; Red Lion),
a town with 5147 inhab. and manufactories of straw bonnets and baskets.
Dunstable larks are sent in large quantities to London. The Priory Church
(restored) is a fine Norman building, dating in part from the reign of
Henry I. (1100-35). Charles I. slept at the Red Lion Inn here when on
his way to Naseby. — II72 M. Luton, see p. 378.
From Leighton an excursion may be made to Woburn (Bedford Arms,
well spoken of), 7 M. to the N., with an ivy-clad church. Woburn
Abbey, the seat of the Duke of Bedford, built in 1747 on the site of a
Cistercian abbey, contains a good collection of antiquities, family-por¬
traits, and paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, *A. Cuyp, Murillo, Canaletto,
etc. (no adm.). The large deer-park, with a collection of foreign deer, and
pleasure-grounds are also very fine. — Woburn is 5 M. to the E. of Bletchley
and 272 M. to the N. of Woburn Sands, the first station on the branch from
Bletchley to Bedford (see below).
47 M. Bletchley (L.N.W.R, Hotel; Rail. Rfmt. Rooms), the
junction of lines to Oxford (p. 233) on the left, and to Bedford
(p. 375) and Cambridge (p. 475) on the right. — 52 M. Wolverton
(Victoria; Rail. Rfmt. Rooms), on the Ouse, with the carriage-
building works of the L. N. W. R., employing over 2000 hands, is
the junction for (4 M.) Newport Pagnell (Anchor; Swan), a small
lace and paper making town, with a large church.
Close to Newport Pagnell is a Saxon (?) Cemetery, in which interesting
bronze and lead relics have been found. A motor-car runs from Newport
Pagnell to (6 M.) Olney (p. 377) in connection with the trains. — A steam-
tramway runs from Wolverton to (2 M.) Stoney Stratford and Deanshanger.
The train then crosses Wolverton Viaduct and enters the well-
wooded county of Northampton. From (60 M.) Roade the trunk-line