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During World War One many stately homes were offered to the war Office. The first was at Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire.

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Britons are being urged to turn their lights off for an hour tonight to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The 14-18 NOW Lights Out campaign hopes people will leave a single light on between 10 and 11pm to mark the exact hour when Britain declared war on Germany.

The Lights Out campaign wants people to leave on a single light or candle 'for this shared moment of reflection.' Credit: 14-18NOW/Lights Out

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Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first stately home to be offered to the war office was at Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire

The owner, Lord Lucas was fighting. It was his sister Nan oversaw the entire operation and often the operations themselves.

The lady of the house became matron of the wards.

The owner Lord Lucas fought during the war Credit: ITV News Anglia

"When the house was turned into a hospital all the fine interiors were covered over with canvas, the chandeliers were bagged up, all the furniture was taken out and stored in the basement and then the hospital beds were brought in. It was a time when the social barriers were taken down. People who were never normally mix together or come into contact with each other, Aristocrats rubbing shoulders with soldiers and nurses."

– Andrew Hann, English Heritage
Wounded troops arriving in Bedfordshire
Life at the stately home during WW1
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  • Life on the homefront

    During World War One many stately homes were offered to the war Office. The first was at Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire.