Stoke Poges

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Our Inflatable LED Photo Booth was in action at the wedding of Mr & Mrs Cummings on Sunday held at the fabulous Stoke Place in Stoke Poges, near Slough. There was lots of curry, Indian drumming and laughter involved with the bride & groom kept busy all night.

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Patrick Lamb built Stoke Place in Stoke Poges in 1690. For about 50 years he was Master Cook to several Kings and Queens.

He was born in 1650 and his father was Patrick Lamb (1613-1683) who was the sole merchant of wine, spirits and tobacco in the Whitehall area. His mother was Martha Russell. In 1672 he married Mary Froswell at St Marylebone Church. The couple had four children three sons and one daughter.

Patrick started his career at a very early age as pastry assistant and rose rapidly in the hierarchy of the kitchen staff. He became very prosperous and wrote a very well-known book called “Royal Cookery” which is still available today. In 1685 he prepared King James II Coronation Feast which was described in detail by Francis Sandiford in his book.] The King was so pleased with his work that he gave him a large number of gold coins.

After Patrick built Stoke Place in Stoke Poges in 1690 he continued to work as the Master Cook for the Queen Anne. When he died in 1708 the property appears to have been inherited by his son William Lamb. In 1764 Field marshall Sir George Howard bought the estate and it became his family’s home for the next 200 years.

Field Marshal Sir George Howard lived at Stoke Place, Stoke Poges from 1764 until 1796. He was born in 1718 into a military family and had a very distinguished military career and in 1763 was appointed Colonel of the 7th (the Queens Own) Regiment of Dragoons. The following year he bought Stoke Place. Howard commissioned Stiff Leadbetter to add two wings to the house over the next few years. Capability Brown the famous landscape architect, recorded in his account book that from 1765 until 1767 he constructed a lake with islands for which he charged 800 pounds.

In 1747 he married Lady Lucy Wentworth and had one daughter Ann Howard. Unfortunately his wife died in 1771 and he then married Elizabeth Beckford. While he lived at Stoke Place the King and Queen made numerous visits to the house which were reported in the newspapers of that time. In 1780 his daughter Ann married General Richard Vyse and the couple had one daughter Georgiana and one son Richard William Howard Vyse. Sadly Ann died while giving birth to this child in 1784. Subsequent generations adopted the surname Howard-Vyse. When Sir George Howard died in 1796 he left Stoke Place to his grandson. Richard William Howard Vyse (1784-1853) was only 12 when his grandfather died so his inheritance was placed in trust until he came of age. In 1812 he took the additional name of Howard so that his and his heirs from then on had the surname of Howard-Vyse. When he died in 1853 Richard Henry Howard-Vyse (1813-1872) inherited the property. After his death Howard Henry Howard-Vyse (1858-1927) his eldest son became the owner. When he died in 1927 his eldest son Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse inherited the house.

Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse was born in 1883. He was educated at Eton and gained a post in the Royal Horse Guards in 1902. He was rapidly promoted and in the First World War he led several important battles. After the war he was awarded the D.S.O and the C.M.G. In 1925 he married Phillis Hermione Drury who was the widow of the Hon. Arthur Coke. The couple had no children. When World War II began he was recalled to duty and asked to act as Head of the British Military Mission which had a role in communication and negotiation.

Richard and his wife lived at Stoke Place, Stoke Poges until his death in 1962. After this it was sold to South Bucks District Council. It operated as a hotel and conference centre, under lease from the Council and under the management of Novtej and Sarina Dhillon until January 2016 when it was acquired by Cairn Hotel Group.

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