Since our WW1 project started in June 2013 we have been gathering a remarkable collection of war stories. Such stories are helping us to develop a vivid picture of what life was like at Nostell Priory and the surrounding areas during the war - from the experiences of soldiers, miners, farmers, nurses, teachers, mothers, munitions workers, to the staff and inhabitants of Nostell Priory itself.
Local miner John Turton was one of seven brothers to serve during WW1. Read how he heroically sacrificed his own life by shielding his comrades from a gas bomb blast. John's family still live in the local village of Ackworth and have shared his story with us.
We have been overwhelmed by the number of moving and powerful WW1stories shared with us by visitors and volunteers. Not all of them relate directly to life at Nostell Priory, however each in their own way offer a telling picture of the hard realities of war. Read some of these incredible stories here.