Remembering Charlecote's First World War experience
Throughout the year Charlecote is commemorating the First World War, its impact on the Lucy family and its effect on the wider estate.
Join us after hours on Armistice Day, 11 November, for a special commemorative event. After canapes in the Orangery from 5.30pm, we'll move into the Great Hall for a talk by our research team on the Lucy family's involvement in the Great War and its impact on Charlecote.
Call 01789 470277 to book tickets for this event, certain to sell out. £20 per ticket.
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.
The Lucy family contribution
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.