Our Speaker for the July meeting, Mary Jeeves, gave a fascinating talk about the history of Marbury Hall and park. Originally built as a Stately Home for the Smith-Barry family, and modelled on Fontainebleau, it was used as a Prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War. ICI subsequently used the huts to house foreign workers and the Hall subsequently fell into disrepair and was demolished in the late 1960s, just before the legislation came in for the preservation of historic buildings
The grounds are a great amenity for the surrounding area and are very well used, including the unheated swimming pool which still opens seasonally.
The competition, a local photograph, was won by Janet Paterson with an old tithe map of Stretton.