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An insightful history of the wartime service of 12 of Britain’s stately homes, requisitioned during the Second World War. Thousands of country estates and stately piles were presse...
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An insightful history of the wartime service of 12 of Britain’s stately homes, requisitioned during the Second World War. Thousands of country estates and stately piles were pressed into service for the duration, becoming unlikely homes for the armed forces, government offices and British people themselves. Capturing evocative tales from a dozen such homes, emblematic of the variety of uses over the course of the war. From the wartime babies born at Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall to the commandos trained at Arisaig in Scotland; fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into splendid surroundings put to more prosaic work. Includes the evacuees housed at the Rothschilds’ magnificent chateau-inspired retreat Waddesdon manor; Polish agents trained at Audley End House; and Aston Abbots Abbey which played host to the exiled Czech President Edvard Beneš.
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20 x 13cm
453 pages
Illustrated with black and white photographs in plate sections
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