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Requisitioned: The British Country House in the Second World War


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Requisitioned analyses twenty houses around Great britain, who endured quite a few varying wartime roles – whether they be hospitals, storage areas, troops billets, headquarters for senior staff, or seats of foreign governments in exile. Supported with a wealth of wartime imagery, as well as personal collections from those that resided in the houses, this really is a welcome tribute towards the nation houses that were requisitioned by Churchill’s government to serve their nation. We all know of Bletchley Park’s role in the war – a Victorian mansion and its grounds leased by the Ministry of Defence in the late 1930s and turned into the world-well-known codebreaking centre.But Bletchley Park was the rule, rather than the exception – countless stately houses were requisitioned, acquired by, or lent towards the war effort for all kinds of reasons: army command centres, barracks, hospitals, to house the nation’s art collections out of range of the German bombers, listening and monitoring centres (Hanslope Park, Chicksands Priory and Beaumanor Corridor all feature in The Secret Listeners), as HQ for MI5, evacuated schools, or even, as in the case of Badminton House, an unwilling refuge for Queen Mary, who arrived with huge retinue unannounced 1 day and stayed for the term of the war. Requisitioned, will inform the stories of numerous well-known, and some obscure nation houses prior to, throughout and after World War 2. In quite a couple cases the war did for the house altogether: at Egginton Corridor in Derbyshire departing troops left all of the taps on and the resultant flooding rought the ceilings down and rotted the woodwork forcing its demolition. Both Shillinglee in Sussex and Appeldurcombe on the Isle of Wight were burnt out by the Canadian or Australian troops billeted there (the latter remains a shell preserved by English Heritage).In other cases like Chicksands or Southwick in Hampshire the house was lost towards the army for very good, the former saw its property disfigured by Nissen huts and transmitter mast

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