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Notice: Due to high winds and rain, our gardens and woodland walk will be closed today (Sunday 29th March). House, shop and restaurant open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Banking for Victory: A country house at War - Upton is transformed into the Country House Bank
In 1939 the owners of Upton House – the Bearsteds – moved out and their family-owned bank moved in. Driven by the need to protect bank staff and assets from the London air raids, M. Samuel & Co., moved in lock, stock and barrel for the duration of the Second World War.
From 27th March 2015, you will be able to step back in time to see how the bank staff lived and worked in their new surroundings. There will be office desks and typewriters in the Long Gallery, just as there were in the 1940s, alongside the world class paintings and porcelain collection. The property will be opening new rooms, enhancing the gardens and exploring what happened when ordinary people took over this extraordinary place.