Completing the rebuilding of centuries-old Latimer House in 1838, architect Edwin Blore was congratulated on recreating the spirit of “Merrie Olde England” by one contemporary reviewer. Nearly two centuries on, De Vere has taken on the baton of nostalgia. White beehives dotted along the drive lead to a reassuringly solid red-brick-cream-sandstone mansion.
Numerous towering chimneys promise cozy warmth. A half-timbered Morris Minor estate looks back to a simpler age. When German prisoners of war arrived in the early 1940s they thought they had joined the British aristocracy. They sent “wish you were here” letters home, oblivious that their rooms were bugged.
Translators passed on their conversations revealing the location of the V1 and V2 factories. If those
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