The greatest shots of the past two centuries have visited the Long Room, and many are immortalised here through portraits and memorabilia. In 1938, the well was closed over, and a long table installed, which is still in place today. At one stage, two pianos and a harmonium were moved in; Tom Purdey was a keen musician.
Audley House has earned its place in British history. Not only does the building bear the scars of a WWII air raid – you can still see the great shrapnel marks in the marble pillars outside – it even played a role in the D-Day landings. In 1942, Eisenhower’s Deputy Chief of Staff, General Bedell-Smith, used the Long Room for battle planning. General Eisenhower was often at these meetings.
Then in 1975, an IRA bomb destroyed every pane of glass in the east-facing side of the building. But restored, resplendent, Audley House retains its magnetic appeal for any lover of the sporting gun or rifle. It is a chance to experience a different age, the values of which we are proud to preserve.