We started our Oral History project in 2007. To date, we have traced many staff, or relatives of staff, who used to work here. This allows us, for example, to look up who the housemaid was in 1935. Our interpretation of the property is improved and we are able to answer queries from people trying to trace their family tree.
We want to continue the work to fit together pieces of our jigsaw, but now, specifically, in relation to Upton during the Second World War. All essential employees of the family’s banking business, M. Samuel & Co. Ltd. (later Hill Samuel Bank) were evacuated to Upton House from London during WW2. Upton was transformed! Staff ate their meals in the Long Gallery, went swimming in the pool, and slept in bedrooms upstairs, three or four to a room on camp beds. We have so many questions to do with what exactly happened here at Upton, so would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help.
We have many exciting plans for 2015-2016 and want to present the property as ‘The Country House Bank’.
At its most simple level this information will enable us to add to our list of people who worked here, and to collect anecdotes about life at Upton. Don’t hesitate to get in contact if you know someone, or if you are a relative of someone, who lived or worked on the Upton Estate.
We would love to hear from you. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org