The Russells owned Covent Garden - as the 9th Duke of Bedford observed: "If one hadn't a few acres in London in these times of agricultural depression, I don't know what one would do."The family was descended from medieval wine merchants who had risen to being county gentry by the end of the 14th century; in the 16th century the durable Tudor diplomatist Sir John Russell was created Baron Russell by Henry VIII and Earl of Bedford by Edward VI.
But all this history was far removed from young Lord Howland's understanding.
Indeed, he did not realise that he was the eventual heir to the Dukedom of Bedford until he was 16.
"I remember reading in the newspaper of the Duchess of Bedford breaking the record for a flight to South Africa," he recalled.
The unassuming "Ian" Bedford blossomed as a superb showman, stopping at almost nothing - even, notoriously, allowing a nudist film to be shot in the grounds - in order to make Woburn into a successful business so that its treasures could be preserved for posterity.
So as not to confuse his paying customers, he thoughtfully took to pronouncing the place as "Woeburn" rather than the etymologically correct "Wooburn"; and from the time he opened the Abbey to the public in 1955 visitors flocked to it, reaching a rate of more than 1.5 million a year.
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