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Notice: We are open every day except Thursdays and our newly refurbished restaurant and shop are now open.

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. They’ll 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.

The face of a large clock dominates Upton’s shop entrance © Mike Perry

The face of a large clock dominates Upton’s shop entrance

Opening times 2015

From Saturday 14 February onwards open daily except Thursdays. Opening times are: House 1pm to 5pm, Garden, Restaurant, Shop, 11am to 5pm; Taster Tours 11am to 1pm.  The exhibition, Shell and the Art of Advertising, is now permanently closed.


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