Croome Before the National Trust is a project undertaken by the Friends, supported
by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main aim of this Oral History Project is to record
Croome's relatively little known history in the twentieth century before the National
Trust began the restoration of the Park in 1996.
Much is known about Lancelot “Capability” Brown, Robert Adam, James Wyatt and the
6th Earl of Coventry and their creation of Croome in the eighteenth century, but,
until now, those who worked in the Court and on the Estate in the first half of the
twentieth century have not had their voices heard nor their experiences recorded.
Similarly, RAF Defford, adjacent to Croome, was home to large numbers of personnel
from the three services during the Second World War who played a vital role in the
development of RADAR; they, too, have a hitherto untold story to tell.
These and other voices from the post-war history of Croome can now be heard as they
tell us how they lived, worked and played. An audio-visual presentation in the restored
RAF building at Croome,a display and two Audioposts in the basement of the Court
and an illustrated booklet all help to make Croome’s more recent history before the
National Trust much better known.
Powerpoint presentations to interested groups in the area can be arranged. We now
have a team of ten working on this project and memories, information and images continue
to be gathered to expand this invaluable archive in the future.
Having received two substantial donations we are now embarking on producing a CD
called “Croome Voices”, which will include many excerpts from interviews.
Copies of the ‘Croome Before the National Trust’ booklet are available from the National
Trust shop, priced £2.00
The Friends of Croome Park would love to hear from anyone else with Memories or stories
of Croome. If you can help, please contact