World War I

During the Great War the house was taken over by Lady Wantage (a cousin by marriage of the family) and turned into a recuperation home for distressed soldiers. The bedrooms became hospital wards and dormitories for the nursing staff. Our drawing room was a games room and my office the dispensary. At that time the large orangery at the back of the house was still standing and there was a long rose pergola walk on the front lawn. The bridge over the River Lambourn on the front driveway had beautiful wrought iron railings which were all removed and handed in. Also the family jewellery and a substantial library were all sold and the money given to the government for the war effort.