Wilton Park Estate

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Wilton Park at Beaconsfield in 1888

The Wilton Park Estate is located in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

History[edit]

The house on the Wilton Park Estate, which was known as the "White House", was designed by Richard Jupp for Josias Du Pre, Governor of Madras, and completed in 1779.[1] In 1939 the house was taken over by the War Office and used as an interrogation centre for Nazi prisoners of war: German refugees working for the allies would listen into prisoners' conversations.[2] After the War the house was used by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to re-educate prisoners of war into the British way of life: between January 1946 and June 1948 approx 4,500 Germans were made to attend re-education classes there.[3] The house went on to become the home of the Army School of Administration from 1949 and also the home of the Army School of Education from 1950.[1] The Foreign Office "re-education" facility, still known as Wilton Park and still organising conferences, moved out in 1951 and is now based at Wiston House in West Sussex.[1]

Wilton Park served as Headquarters Eastern Command from 1954 until it was amalgamated into Army Strategic Command in 1972.[4]

In the 1960s a School of Languages was established on the site (Colonel Gaddafi of Libya studied there at that time).[4] Although the house was demolished in 1968, the school remained on the site until April 2014.[5]

Standing sets for filming the ITV TV series Endeavour have been built at Wilton Park since 2016.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wilton Park Development Brief". South Buckinghamshire Council. January 2014. p. 7. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Nazi prisoners bugged by Germans". BBC. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Arthur Lee Smith. The war for the German mind: re-educating Hitler's soldiers. p. 50. 
  4. ^ a b "Wilton Park". Subterranea Britannica. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Defence Centre for Languages and Culture (DCLC)". Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. British Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive Endeavour Series 5 Set Report". Damian Michael Barcroft. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 

Coordinates: 51°36′09″N 0°37′43″W / 51.60252°N 0.62859°W / 51.60252; -0.62859