The Second World War on Headley Heath
During the Second World War, Headley Heath was used by the Canadian army as a training ground. Engineers learnt to build trench systems (using earth-moving equipment), gun emplacements, roads and even a runway. The idea was that, when they finally arrived in Europe after D-Day, the army would be fully trained and not have to learn on the job.
Headley Heath today
Purley Plain home to a secret during the war
- Headley Court – Headquarters of the 1st Canadian Army Europe
- Headley Park – residence of the American Ambassador
- High Ashurst house – billet for Canadian troops
- Bellasis House – used by Special Operations Executive (SOE) as a training school for covert operations in Europe