West Green House is a 17th century mansion built by General Hawley. He led the cavalry charge at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Lord McAlpine created a garden of great panache, a classical triumphal arch has an obelisk on top dedicated to "the first lady Prime Minister of Britain". She was a close personal friend and frequent visitor to West Green House. The house was damaged by an I.R.A. bomb three weeks after Lord McAlpine had left the house at the expiry of his lease.
Driving home later that evening on Saturday I heard on the radio that Lord McAlpine had died. Rather a curious coincidence and very sad.
Oval cushions, painted by George Oakes on an
18th century seat in the drawing Room.
The Garden Dining Room