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The Country House at War

Life below stairs and above stairs during the war

Simon Greaves

National Trust


ISBN: 9781907892776

Price: £ 20.00

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Series: National Trust History & Heritage

Category: Military History

The First World War touched every family in the country and this book tells a story of national collective action and intense private experience.

Country House at War presents a history of the war through the houses and estates maintained by the National Trust. It shows what happened to the people who lived and worked in many great houses, both upstairs and downstairs, and portrays how they were affected by the war and what happened to those estates in its aftermath. The progress and impact of war can be charted through the buildings and their estates – lawns that had once hosted tea parties and croquet given over to machine gun training and convalescent exercises, for example.

With many fascinating and poignant personal stories and many hitherto unpublished photographs of the time, this is an important celebration and commemoration of the First World War.







Simon Greaves is a full-time author and illustrator, specialising in books for education. In 2003 he designed and published the Shakespeare Comic Book series for secondary schools.