Jun 272011

A group of rare images of Coleshill House have recently been shown to us by the Pleydell-Bouverie family.

One of these images shows servicemen in the grounds of the Coleshill estate.

The pictures have been kindly donated by Rupert Pleydell-Bouverie and allow our researchers to learn more of the secret wartime headquarters. They appear on various pages of our tour of the Coleshill estate and we have also added a few below.

Please note: These images are copyright to the Pleydell-Bouverie family and must not be copied or used without their express permission.

May 232011





After the success of the evaluation weekend work at Coleshill the National Trust has now been given the green light to stage two.

This is due to happen from Sunday 2nd July to Thursday 7th July at the Coleshill estate on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border.

In January 2011 the evaluation weekend (Stage One) located the remains of structures that were previously unknown, as well as discovering many finds including a very well preserved bayonet.

In Stage Two the team plan to re-visit the concrete bases that were previously cleared and will add trenches next to the structures, which will hopefully provide them with either further information about the construction of the original buildings.

Other remains like the suspected ‘Generator Base’ and military vehicle servicing ramp will be cleared of vegetation so they can build a clearer picture of their uses.

During Stage One, a number of strong signals were logged from both metal detecting and geophysics that the team plan to follow-up on.  Some small test trenches may be put in to further investigate these.

The Coleshill Uncovered team are looking for volunteers to help search for further evidence of the headquarters and training grounds of Churchill’s secret Auxiliary Units.

Anyone over 18 years of age can participate and no experience of archaeology is needed. As the project has no funding the organisers have to charge a fee of £75 per person and this will cover you for the week.

For more info and terms of involvement please go to coleshill uncovered

Mar 102011

CART is getting ready for a very special weekend at Tottington Manor in West Sussex.

Tottington Manor was the Sussex headquarters of the Auxiliary Units. During World War II, Tottington played a role in the training of the Sussex Auxiliary Units. One large secret bunker exists under the Manor, with an escape route into the fields.  The tunnel network and bunker remain unchanged since the War ended, complete with plumbing and Bakelite light-switches.

Local historian and author Stewart Angell will be leading a series of talks on the Auxiliary Units and showing a film of the inside of the tunnels.  The event also sees Capt. Ian Benson return to the Manor after more than 70 years.

Mr. Benson is flying over from Ireland just for the event and he ran the activities at Tottington for part of the War as well as training Auxiliers all over the UK.

The event is ticket only and sold out within 3 days of the tickets going on sale.