Welcome to the Attingham Park WWI blog where we will be posting stories and photographs from 100 years ago. Attingham Park is one of Shropshire’s great country estates and over the centuries it has experienced periods of love and neglect. The Hall, built in 1782, is surrounded by a beautiful deer park and a wider estate of tenant farms. The Hill family consisted of spenders, savers and saviours and the 8th Lord Berwick bequeathed the Attingham estate to the National Trust in 1947.
During WWI the house was tenanted by Captain Van Bergan, an American man, and he and his family set up a hospital here in October 1914 for wounded soldiers. By 1918 the hospital had 60 beds and an operating theatre.
Before and during the war, Thomas, 8th Lord Berwick served with the Shropshire Yeomanry and worked for the British Embassy in Paris. He met his future wife, Teresa Hulton, before the war, they kept in contact and married in 1919.
Teresa Hulton had grown up in Venice, Italy and helped the Belgian refugees in London in 1914. Later, in 1915 she served as Red Cross nurse on the Italian front line. At the close of the war she married Lord Berwick and they came to live on the Attingham estate and began a new chapter in Attingham’s history.
The blog posts over the next few years will cover these stories in detail. We have a great deal of archive material about Teresa and so the main focus of the blog will be on her life but this will be interspersed with the stories from Lord Berwick’s life and the events that took place at Attingham.
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