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Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, East England, Britain

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Location Category ID: 3395
Added to Database: 5 March 2011
Last Edited: 5 March 2011
Address: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
Telephone: 01707 287010
Email: v.perry [at] hatfield-house.co.uk (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times:
Official Website: Hatfield House
Other Links: Hatfield in WWI
An Evacuee Story
Wikipedia
Latitude, Longitude: 51.76064953 , -0.20919755
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: M4 High Speed Tractor - Armourgeddon, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, East Midlands, Britain (Filming of Band of Brothers not at Hatfield House but nearby at Hatfield Airfield)
2: M4A1 Sherman Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Not Hatfield House but Oldings Company – early 1942)
3: Little Willie Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Trials January-February 1916)
4: Mark I Heavy Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (8 May 1919 – 7 May 1969)


Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield in Hertfordshire. The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. It is currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury. The house is open to the public. During World War I, the grounds were used to test the first British tanks. An area was dug with trenches and craters and covered with barbed-wire to represent no-man's land and German trench lines on the Western Front. To commemorate this, the only surviving Mark I tank was sited at Hatfield from 1919 until 1969 before being moved to the Bovington Tank Museum. (Source: Wikipedia).

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January 2002

South facing view of Hatfield House, photo by A. Engelhardt
1: South facing view of Hatfield House, photo by A. Engelhardt

Taken: 2 January 2002
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 429
Added: 5 March 2011
Views: 103
Has Priority: 0
    

    

    

February 1916

Little Willie undergoing trials, presumed to be at Hatfield, photo from Tanks! at mailer.fsu.edu
2: Little Willie undergoing trials, presumed to be at Hatfi...

Taken: February 1916
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 434
Added: 5 March 2011
Views: 377
Has Priority: 0
    

 

Big Willie undergoing trials, presumed to be at Hatfield, photo from PDA at Flickr.com
3: Big Willie undergoing trials, presumed to be at Hatfield...

Taken: February 1916
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 435
Added: 5 March 2011
Views: 81
Has Priority: 20