Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Farnham, George, 1927 - , Interviewee, Male, Owner of Quorn Hall
Speaker: West, Robert, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Explains how Quorn Hall, Leicestershire was left to him in trust at a young age. Mentions schooling at Preparatory school in Oxford and Harrow school. Describes Quorn village at the outbreak of the Second World War; mentions by name various people associated with the village or the hall. Details the staff and the atmosphere during the war when the hall was a Red Cross convalescent home. Describes duties of the Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses (VAD) caring for recuperating fire and policemen. Recalls the impact of American paratroopers stationed at the Hall, on the local population. Mentions that a camp in the hall's park became a Prisoner of War ( POW) camp for Germans and then Italians. Recalls tenanting of the parkland and the largest local employer in the village, M. Wrights Mills, webbing manufactures. Briefly mentions riding with the Quorn Hunt during the war, 'The Farnham' charity and local shops. Mentions general village expansion, the demise of the railway, and local community groups and activities.
Place of birth: London
Education: Cot Hill Preparatory school; Harrow School;
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Quorn
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 7/3/1986
Playing time: 41 mins
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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