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Croome Estate during the First World War

Croome Park Estate is well known as the site of an important airfield for radar research (RAF Defford) during the Second World War.


Less well known is the impact of the First World War on the Coventry family and the workers on the estate, and the park landscape.  The Croome 100 project is exploring the history of the Coventry family and the estate workers in the war - and how the nature of the estate was forever changed.  


The Croome 100 project re-assesses traditional perceptions on the basis of fresh research in archives and from local family histories.  Topics include


  • Coventry family involvement in the war as leading figures in the local community;

  • the recruitment and fate of estate workers in military service;

  • conscientious objectors on the estate;

  • impact of wartime industrialisation of agriculture on a traditional aristocratic estate;

  • relationship of the estate to the surrounding economy (including the sometimes misunderstood jam-making enterprise).

See HERE for an introductory article 'Croome During the Great War' by Susanne Atkin in Friends of Croome Newsletter, Spring 2015, pp.4-5.


An expanded version of this article will be shortly be published on this website.

Friends of Croome Spring 2015

Do you have stories of family members who were associated with the Croome Estate During the First World War?

Do you have photographs or memorabilia of their lives?


We would love to hear from you and share them on this website and in the final publication.  Click HERE for Contact.


The research is intended for a major publication due for release in 2017/2018.


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As part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the battle at Katia, see 'C.J. Coventry: Katia and Beyond' by Susanne Atkin in Friends of Croome Newsletter, Spring 2016, pp.6-7. Available for download HERE.