HENLY IN ARDEN
WILLIAM COOPER 1946
During the Great War, 1914-
The church at Wootton Wawen, as it exists to-
Wootton Hall (in which a disastrous fire occurred to the upper part of the Hall in May 1945), the ancient home of the Smiths and Smythes, is an attractive mansion standing not far from the church. It is of Italian design in stone built mainly in 1687 with apparently an older building incorporated in its western portion. During last century it was often let and the writer feels that the following letter written to him in instalments in 1937 by Capt. Hubert Berkeley, who lived there during his father’s tenancy of it more than seventy years ago (1869-
‘With reference to your Wootton Wawen book, when the Tempests left the Hall, Mr. Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton and Lady Chatterton lived there from 1867 to 1869. Then my father and mother, Mr. R. Berkeley and Lady Catherine Berkeley and their twelve children, 1869 to 1874. After that the old Duchess of Norfolk resided there for one year and she was followed by Capt. Haydock, who was succeeded by Capt. Wickham. The last-
The Carington heart (thought to be that of Lord Carington, murdered at Pontoise by his valet for his money, 21 Feb., 1664-
The concealed staircase from the priest's two rooms went up to the attics and also down to the housekeeper’s room, in the thickness of the wall.