When the Lord and Lady Iliffe bought Basildon in 1952 it was what you would call a fixer upper. It had not been occupied except by troops in the 2 World Wars since 1910.
Fans of war films will recognie the village of Mapledurham with its picturesque medieval church, watermill and a Tudor hall , from the 1970 Michael Cain film " The Eagle
The Victoria's were responsible for many things we take for granted for today including sanitation, mass public transport and organised sport. To my mind one of the
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