A woman was spinning Jacob's fleece in the stable yard. (And selling some very scratchy-looking knitted mittens.)
We stood on the front steps of Wimpole Hall and Himself talked to one of the National Trust helpers. She told him that after the death of Rudyard Kipling the royalties from his work helped to restore the hall and estate, which was then owned by his daughter, Mrs Bainbridge. She gave the Wimpole Estate to the National Trust in 1976.
The uninterrupted vista of ownership is amazing. A straight line through the centre of the hall to the far side of the building leads to doors which open onto a further impressive view.