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Military site : non-airfield

One of 16 country houses or 'flak homes' which catered for approximately 25 airmen at a time to come for Rest and Recuperation away from the stress of flying missions. Run by the American Red Cross, each serviceman was entitled to at least one rest period during their 25-30 mission tours. The front lawn was turned into a basketball court.

The original Tudor building (dating from before 1600) was destroyed by Scottish Presbyterians allied with the Royalists forces around 1651 so the owner, Sir Robert Berkeley , converted the stables to a house. This was replaced with a gracious Palladian mansion in the early 1800s. Edward Elgar, the composer, used to stay at a cottage in the grounds. The Park was to have been used by Winston Churchill and his cabinet if London became to dangerous, but was never used in this capacity.

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Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 10:38:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 1991) p142
Malcolm A. Holland, Sweatin' out the mission: 8th Air Force Ground Support in World War Two (The history Press, Stroud, 2010).
D A Lande, ' from Somewhere in England (Airlife Publishing, UK, 1991).