She had bought the Eythrope estate in 1875, a year after her brother Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bought the adjacent property, Waddesdon Manor. She built Eythrope Pavilion as a day retreat from the manor between 1876 and 1879.
Bridge Lodge isn’t of great historical interest, but it’s full of interesting details, like the roof dragons in the last two photos, the chimneys and tilework, and the three panels with the Rothschild family motto under a window.
Strangely, the panels seem to be in the wrong order; see the third photo below. The motto should read “Concordia, Integritas, Industria” (Harmony, Integrity, Industry), but here Industria and Integritas have swapped places.
I wouldn’t have seen this place if I had not fell into conversation with a young photographer and his dad, out for a walk. It’s by a footpath between Stone and Waddesdon.
I met them when I was taking photos of a milestone in an unusual spot, and decided to walk on with them. The nine year old boy was using a Canon DSLR camera and likes to take photos of local bands at their gigs, just as I do.
So thanks, guys.
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