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Brownsover Hall, near Rugby, Warwickshire

Brownsover Hall, near Rugby, Warwickshire
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Following his departure from Lydiard Park during World War II, Vernon St.John, 6th Viscount Bolingbroke took up temporary residence at Brownsover Hall in Warwickshire, the former home of a distant cousin, Ada Boughton-Leigh.

The Victorian gothic mansion was the home of the Ward-Boughton- Leighs until the 1930's. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and replaced an older house on the site during the 1850's.

From 1936 to 1942 Sir Frank Whittle rented rooms in the mansion where he worked on plans for the jet engine. Lord Bolingbroke is said to have lived there for a period after Sir Frank's departure. His connection with the Boughton-Leighs must have provided a recommendation and it is possible he was looking after the property while it was temporarily vacant.

The building was converted into a hotel in the 1970's.


Year:
1850-1860
Type:
Building
Location:
Old Brownsover, Rugby, Worcestershire, England
Last updated on:
Thursday 27th January 2022

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