Remembering Charlecote's First World War experience

The Lucy family scrapbook documents their involvement in the First World War

Throughout the year Charlecote is commemorating the First World War, its impact on the Lucy family and its effect on the wider estate.

The Lucy family have kindly shared their personal collection of documents and photographs with us to enable us to tell this story.

Collect a leaflet on your way in to follow our commemorative trail.

All three brothers returned from the war, but between them they undoubtedly experienced all the horrors of conflict
The three Lucy family sons at Charlecote at the start of the First World War
All three brothers returned from the war, but between them they undoubtedly experienced all the horrors of conflict

The Lucy family contribution

Montgomerie's trunk is a poignant reminder of the Lucy family's experiences in the First World War
First World War trunk used by Montgomerie Fairfax Lucy of Charlecote Park
Montgomerie's trunk is a poignant reminder of the Lucy family's experiences in the First World War

Earlier this year we have looked at the experiences of the men of the family, then the Lucy ladies who volunteered in the Red Cross and nursed in Coventry. 

The Lucy family women became nurses and Charlecote was used by the Red Cross to practice field skills
First World War Red Cross nurses used Charlecote to practise and demonstrate their skills
The Lucy family women became nurses and Charlecote was used by the Red Cross to practice field skills

Until the end of the year we are now looking at the local consequences of the First World War and its impact on Charlecote and its wider estate. If you've visited earlier in the year, we have more new research to share with our visitors.

Our commemoration of the First World War begins in the gatehouse
Charlecote's First World War commemoration looks at its impact on the Lucy family and the wider estate
Our commemoration of the First World War begins in the gatehouse

Close to home

The carriage room is the focus of our own War Horse story, and you can find out more about Sir Henry’s distress as his own favourite horse left for France.

Wartime recipes come to the Victorian kitchen and scullery where you'll find out more about rationing for soldiers and civilians. Children are enjoying our dressing-up box in here too.

The impact of the first world war was felt throughout Charlecote
Discover the impact of the first world war on the people of Charlecote
The impact of the first world war was felt throughout Charlecote

In the billiard room we’re looking at the contribution of the man who was to become Brian’s father-in-law.  He was the renowned author of The Thirty Nine Steps, John Buchan, and his secret propaganda work for the war was “the toughest job I ever took on”.

The aftermath of war

Throughout the year we’ll invite visitors to contribute their own memories of family members who were involved in the 1914-18 conflict. We’d love to hear stories from further afield too, maybe recollections of descendants of the Belgian refugees who came to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon in 1914.

Take a look at our memories book in the scullery and make your own contribution.

Commemoration

Take a look in the tea garden where we have a display of poppies created for us and kindly donated by the students of WMG Engineering Academy. A poignant reminder of the fallen throughout the First World War.

Metal poppies in the tea garden commemorate the fallen of the First World War
Charlecote's tea garden is filled with metal poppies to commemorate the First World War
Metal poppies in the tea garden commemorate the fallen of the First World War