War Time Exhibition 2011-2012

Under the Government's evacuation plan "Operation Pied Piper", over 50 children were evacuated to Churchill and Sarsden during the war.
This exhibition has now finished but if you are interested in any aspects of it, please contact us.
We have archived the material and oral recordings.
The King in Churchill

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Evacuees arriving at Chipping Norton station

 "Americans are not Englishmen who are different, but foreigners who are rather like us."
Pamphlet issued by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs (1943)   
From 1944, The HQ for CCB Company of 6th Armoured Division, US Army, was based in the grounds of Sarsden House,
and the upper floors of the house itself - the home of Lady Wyfold - became the officers' accommodation.

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From Our Guest Book

  • "Lovely spot, so grateful this part of the old church was saved."

  • "A fascinating display in a very beautiful setting."

  • "Why haven't we been here earlier? We shall certainly return!"

  • "What a lovely treat to stumble upon. Thank you for preserving a part of our Heritage"

  • "A fine chance discovery"

  • "Excellent to have this centre as a focus for Churchill's history - especially in relation to William Smith."

  • "Such a wonderful enterprise. The locality should be proud of it."

  • "Congratulations to all on this initiative.  So well-organised and user-friendly."

  • "A fascinating visit. William Smith was a wonderful man! "

  • "A little gem I didn't know existed."

  • "Beautiful restoration, very nicely done! Unexpected hive of information."

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

  • "Fantastic, absolutely first class. Most interesting and informative."

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

  • "Very good new interactive displays, very comprehensive."