Highbury was the setting for much entertaining of family, friends and political connections, particularly from 1888 when Joseph Chamberlain married Mary Endicott, until 1906 when he suffered a debilitating stroke. There were dinner parties either for gentlemen only, or for husbands and wives, or in conjunction with house-parties where guests were entertained for the weekend. On those occasions a dance for up to two hundred people might be given. Even more people would be invited to large scale receptions such as an At Home, whilst garden parties held in the grounds could be attended by thousands.
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