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From Family House to Open House at Parham

Alicia Pearson and her daughters

Major events in the life of a country house often leave little trace upon the building. The experience of those who have lived through them has to be recovered from diaries, letters, written recollections, and oral testimony. The transitory impact of the Second World War on Parham is recorded in photographs and in the memoirs of Veronica, one of the Pearson children who first knew the house as a family home but who returned during the war and stayed to welcome, with her mother, the first visitors to the house in 1948.

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Parham: An Elizabethan House and its Restoration' (ISBN 978-1-86077-485-0) for the England's Past for Everyone series