Requisitioned: The British Country House in the Second World War :: John Martin Robinson

Requisitioned: The British Country House in the Second World War :: John Martin Robinson soon to be presented for sale on the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!

London: Aurum Press, 2014, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Photographic lining papers;

From the cover: We all know of Bletchley Parks role in the war a Victorian mansion and its grounds leased by the Ministry of Defence in the late 19305 and turned into the world-famous codebreaking centre. But Bletchley Park was the rule, rather than the exception countless stately homes were requisitioned, acquired by, or lent to the war effort for all sorts of purposes: military command centres, barracks, hospitals, to house the nations art collections out of range of the German bombers, listening and monitoring centres (Hanslope Park, Chicksands Priory and Beaumanor Hall 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 vast retinue unannounced one day and stayed for the duration of the war.

Requisitioned, will t…

Very Good+ in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A hint of edgewear to the dust wrapper.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. 11½” x 8¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I enchant you with top-drawer choices of my History Britain catalogue?


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