Trent Park House

Trent Park House Home of the Secret Listeners Trent Park House - Home of the Secret Listeners Our aim is to create a world-class visitor attraction to highlight the vital role played by the Secret Listeners who were behind some of the most important intelligence discoveries of World War Two.

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Sir Philip Sassoon's premature death in June 1939 at the age of 50 surprised many. His obtiuary was printed in the New Y...
22/06/2021
PHILIP SASSOON, 50, NOTED BRITON, DIES; Former Under-Secretary for Air Was One of Wealthiest Men in the Empire HAD SERVED IN MANY POSTS Was Private Secretary to Haig in France--Ex-Trustee of the National Gallery (Published 1939)

Sir Philip Sassoon's premature death in June 1939 at the age of 50 surprised many. His obtiuary was printed in the New York Times (as well as papers at home of course) - they billed him as 'one of Great Britain's richest men and former Under-Secretary for Air' in their tribute to him.

Sassoon (Sir), Phil

June's blog post is up! Dr. Alex Henry explores exactly who some of the generals held as POWS at Trent Park were in grea...
19/06/2021
More German generals — Trent Park House

June's blog post is up! Dr. Alex Henry explores exactly who some of the generals held as POWS at Trent Park were in greater depth.

In our October 2020 blog we introduced some of the over 80 German Generals and senior officers that were held at Trent Park during the Second World War. This month we wanted to revisit this group and share further insights into their experiences, worldviews, and private conversations.

One from the archives this #ThrowbackThursday - a late 19th century snap of the many staff who kept Trent Park House run...
17/06/2021

One from the archives this #ThrowbackThursday - a late 19th century snap of the many staff who kept Trent Park House running under the Bevan family. ⁠

Sir Philip Sassoon would have had as many, if not more staff: although he was a bachelor, Trent Park was the site of endless entertaining and parties throughout the 1920s and 30s. To manage a large turnover of guests would have required a lot of staff!

One from the archives this #ThrowbackThursday - a late 19th century snap of the many staff who kept Trent Park House running under the Bevan family. ⁠

Sir Philip Sassoon would have had as many, if not more staff: although he was a bachelor, Trent Park was the site of endless entertaining and parties throughout the 1920s and 30s. To manage a large turnover of guests would have required a lot of staff!

The information uncovered at Trent Park House was shocking - even in the context of war. This article by historian Guy W...
13/06/2021
We gunned down English women and children - it was great fun: Newly published transcripts of the private conversations of PoWs prove ordinary German soldiers were just as barbaric as the SS death squads

The information uncovered at Trent Park House was shocking - even in the context of war. This article by historian Guy Walters reveals some of what the Secret Listeners overheard - it's well worth reading 📚

German Soldiers, sailors and airmen were caught by operatives at Trent Park listening centre in the UK reminiscing about committing some of the most barbaric atrocities imaginable.

Did you know Sir Philip Sassoon was a keen aviator? Serving as Under Secretary of State for Air between 1924-9 and 1931-...
08/06/2021

Did you know Sir Philip Sassoon was a keen aviator? Serving as Under Secretary of State for Air between 1924-9 and 1931-7. he firmly believed aviation was the future, and even had an airfield installed at Trent Park for this very reason.

Did you know Sir Philip Sassoon was a keen aviator? Serving as Under Secretary of State for Air between 1924-9 and 1931-7. he firmly believed aviation was the future, and even had an airfield installed at Trent Park for this very reason.

"In 1941, my grandfather Ernst Lederer was conscripted into the Home Guard where he was purportedly tasked with guarding...
03/06/2021

"In 1941, my grandfather Ernst Lederer was conscripted into the Home Guard where he was purportedly tasked with guarding Hampstead Heath. He left home every day in his Home Guard uniform to do his duty and nothing more was thought about it. ⁠

But he had a secret role and, unbeknown to our family until decades later, he was actually working at a top secret site at Trent Park, Cockfosters, near Enfield – where in the mansion house, British intelligence was bugging the conversations of Hitler’s top generals after capture on the battlefields of North Africa, France, etc" - Trustee Helen Lederer remembers her remarkable grandfather Ernst, fondly nicknamed Big Baba.

"In 1941, my grandfather Ernst Lederer was conscripted into the Home Guard where he was purportedly tasked with guarding Hampstead Heath. He left home every day in his Home Guard uniform to do his duty and nothing more was thought about it. ⁠

But he had a secret role and, unbeknown to our family until decades later, he was actually working at a top secret site at Trent Park, Cockfosters, near Enfield – where in the mansion house, British intelligence was bugging the conversations of Hitler’s top generals after capture on the battlefields of North Africa, France, etc" - Trustee Helen Lederer remembers her remarkable grandfather Ernst, fondly nicknamed Big Baba.

We hope you're enjoying the sun this bank holiday weekend, but if you find yourself with 10 minutes to spare, we'd be ve...
30/05/2021
Trent Park House: visitor survey

We hope you're enjoying the sun this bank holiday weekend, but if you find yourself with 10 minutes to spare, we'd be very grateful if you could take the time to complete our visitor survey!

All the feedback we receive helps shape how we progress with plans for the museum space.

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A slightly incongruous snap of German generals, held at Trent Park as prisoners of war, amongst the wildflowers in a rat...
27/05/2021

A slightly incongruous snap of German generals, held at Trent Park as prisoners of war, amongst the wildflowers in a rather casual setting.

The idea at Trent Park was to lull high ranking prisoners into a sense of security, so that they were more likely to let something slip. They were treated to a relatively luxurious stay, often much to the anger and frustration of those around them. These tactics did work, however, and the Secret Listeners gained a remarkable amount of intelligence from supposedly 'private' conversations between prisoners.

A slightly incongruous snap of German generals, held at Trent Park as prisoners of war, amongst the wildflowers in a rather casual setting.

The idea at Trent Park was to lull high ranking prisoners into a sense of security, so that they were more likely to let something slip. They were treated to a relatively luxurious stay, often much to the anger and frustration of those around them. These tactics did work, however, and the Secret Listeners gained a remarkable amount of intelligence from supposedly 'private' conversations between prisoners.

Winston Churchill visited Trent Park multiple times, and particularly enjoyed painting its landscapes. The oil painting,...
23/05/2021

Winston Churchill visited Trent Park multiple times, and particularly enjoyed painting its landscapes. The oil painting, c. 1935, entitled 'The Lake at Trent Park' was sold at Sotheby's in 1969. It had been given to Churchill's valet, William Greenshields, who worked for him between 1948 and 1953.

Winston Churchill visited Trent Park multiple times, and particularly enjoyed painting its landscapes. The oil painting, c. 1935, entitled 'The Lake at Trent Park' was sold at Sotheby's in 1969. It had been given to Churchill's valet, William Greenshields, who worked for him between 1948 and 1953.

We need your help! We’d love you to take our audience development survey in order to help us think about how the museum ...
20/05/2021
Trent Park House: visitor survey

We need your help! We’d love you to take our audience development survey in order to help us think about how the museum experience will operate when Trent Park opens to the public.

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We love this snap of summer blooms in Trent Park's Orangery in the 1930s = almost as though you can smell them. The Oran...
18/05/2021

We love this snap of summer blooms in Trent Park's Orangery in the 1930s = almost as though you can smell them.

The Orangery was built around 1931, and fulfilled both a horticultural and social role at Trent Park - used as a decorative space for entertaining as much as for its growing purposes.

We love this snap of summer blooms in Trent Park's Orangery in the 1930s = almost as though you can smell them.

The Orangery was built around 1931, and fulfilled both a horticultural and social role at Trent Park - used as a decorative space for entertaining as much as for its growing purposes.

Once the home of the #SecretListeners, we can't wait to see what Trent Park's basement will look like once it's been ren...
12/05/2021

Once the home of the #SecretListeners, we can't wait to see what Trent Park's basement will look like once it's been renovated...

Once the home of the #SecretListeners, we can't wait to see what Trent Park's basement will look like once it's been renovated...

As we celebrate the 76th anniversary of VE, have a read of Dr Alex Henry’s latest blog post on the impact the end of the...
08/05/2021
Trent Park, CSDIC (UK) and the end of the war in Europe — Trent Park House

As we celebrate the 76th anniversary of VE, have a read of Dr Alex Henry’s latest blog post on the impact the end of the war in Europe had on Trent Park and the CSDIC.

By 1943 CSDIC (UK) – with Trent Park its ‘jewel in the crown’ – had established itself as an organisation highly effective in the gathering of vital military intelligence from the private conversations of unwitting Axis POWs.

We love this snap of Sir Philip Sassoon, looking suave (and serious!) in his uniform 📸⁠Sir Philip served in the First Wo...
06/05/2021

We love this snap of Sir Philip Sassoon, looking suave (and serious!) in his uniform 📸⁠

Sir Philip served in the First World War as part of the East Kent Yeomanry (he was a Second Lieutenant), and also served as Under-Secretary of State for Air, when he was Honorary Air Commodore of No. 601 (County of London) Squadron.

We love this snap of Sir Philip Sassoon, looking suave (and serious!) in his uniform 📸⁠

Sir Philip served in the First World War as part of the East Kent Yeomanry (he was a Second Lieutenant), and also served as Under-Secretary of State for Air, when he was Honorary Air Commodore of No. 601 (County of London) Squadron.

This week's #FlashbackFriday is Charlie Chaplin's visit to Trent Park, complete with little sketch! Sir Philip Sassoon h...
30/04/2021

This week's #FlashbackFriday is Charlie Chaplin's visit to Trent Park, complete with little sketch! Sir Philip Sassoon hosted a great array of the rich and famous at Trent Park throughout the 1920s and 30s, and was renowned for his hosting.

This week's #FlashbackFriday is Charlie Chaplin's visit to Trent Park, complete with little sketch! Sir Philip Sassoon hosted a great array of the rich and famous at Trent Park throughout the 1920s and 30s, and was renowned for his hosting.

Photos from The Al Thani Collection's post
21/04/2021

Photos from The Al Thani Collection's post

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has received a generous donation from The Al Thani Collection Foundat...
21/04/2021
Donation received from the Al Thani Collection Foundation — Trent Park House

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has received a generous donation from The Al Thani Collection Foundation: read all about it below!

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has received a generous donation from The Al Thani Collection Foundation which will help to support the capital development project.

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of #BergenBelsen. War crimes and atrocities were frequently discussed...
15/04/2021
German War Crimes & Atrocities — Trent Park House

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of #BergenBelsen.

War crimes and atrocities were frequently discussed among the German prisoners at Trent Park.

Dr Alex Henry explores some of the chilling aspects of German war crimes in his latest blog post 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/german-war-crimes-atrocities

15 April 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by the British 11th Armoured Division. War crimes and atrocities were frequently discussed among the German prisoners at Trent Park.

As we move into spring and towards wisteria season, this week's #ThrowbackThursday focuses on the paintings done by Wins...
08/04/2021
Churchill at Trent Park — Trent Park House

As we move into spring and towards wisteria season, this week's #ThrowbackThursday focuses on the paintings done by Winston Churchill at Trent Park.

This week we are focusing on one of Trent Park's most famous visitors - Sir Winston Churchill.

We've got a new blog post up on our website 🚨Heard the term stool pigeon before? Historian Derek Nudd explores the role ...
31/03/2021

We've got a new blog post up on our website 🚨

Heard the term stool pigeon before? Historian Derek Nudd explores the role of informers who infiltrated German ranks to gather vital intelligence for the British war effort.

https://tiger-mandolin-7tsw.squarespace.com/latest-news/seeing-the-light

We've got a new blog post up on our website 🚨

Heard the term stool pigeon before? Historian Derek Nudd explores the role of informers who infiltrated German ranks to gather vital intelligence for the British war effort.

https://tiger-mandolin-7tsw.squarespace.com/latest-news/seeing-the-light

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to January 1918, when this snap of Field Marshal Haig and Sir Philip Sassoon in Haig's...
25/03/2021

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to January 1918, when this snap of Field Marshal Haig and Sir Philip Sassoon in Haig's office, on board a train was taken. ⁠

Whilst Sir Philip was a wealthy landowner, he enlisted during the war, as a second lieutenant in the East Kent Yeomanry. He ended up working as a secretary and general fixer for Field Marshal Haig - something like a special adviser today. ⁠

Sir Philip was a fluent French speaker, which made him invaluable. He spent a lot of time liaising with French military command and the newspapers: the British media played a huge role in the war effort and information was tightly controlled by the government.

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to January 1918, when this snap of Field Marshal Haig and Sir Philip Sassoon in Haig's office, on board a train was taken. ⁠

Whilst Sir Philip was a wealthy landowner, he enlisted during the war, as a second lieutenant in the East Kent Yeomanry. He ended up working as a secretary and general fixer for Field Marshal Haig - something like a special adviser today. ⁠

Sir Philip was a fluent French speaker, which made him invaluable. He spent a lot of time liaising with French military command and the newspapers: the British media played a huge role in the war effort and information was tightly controlled by the government.

Spring is officially here! And don't forget to change your clocks next weekend for the start of British Summertime ⏰We l...
21/03/2021

Spring is officially here! And don't forget to change your clocks next weekend for the start of British Summertime ⏰

We love seeing your snaps of Trent Park - send them our way and we'll feature some of our favourites

Spring is officially here! And don't forget to change your clocks next weekend for the start of British Summertime ⏰

We love seeing your snaps of Trent Park - send them our way and we'll feature some of our favourites

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a grant from The Pilgrim Trust which will help suppo...
11/03/2021
Grant received from The Pilgrim Trust — Trent Park House

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a grant from The Pilgrim Trust which will help support the capital development project.

This could not come at a more opportune moment as building work will soon start on site, bringing the dream of the new museum at Trent Park closer to reality! 💫

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/grant-received-from-the-pilgrim-trust

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a grant from The Pilgrim Trust which will help support the capital development project.

An article about Trent Park House in the Enfield Dispatch 👀Join our mailing list to keep updated with new developments 👉...
10/03/2021
The secret is out

An article about Trent Park House in the Enfield Dispatch 👀

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Trent Park House trustees Lord Sassoon and Jason Charalambous with Professor Simon Thurley Sarah Roller from Trent Park Museum Trust provides an update on the project The transformation of the hist…

Sir Philip Sassoon was famously a bachelor - but his life was filled with remarkable women, both from his own family and...
08/03/2021
Sassoon Women & Trent Park — Trent Park House

Sir Philip Sassoon was famously a bachelor - but his life was filled with remarkable women, both from his own family and those he entertained and counted amongst his friends.

Take a look at our latest blog post below to learn more 👇

And don't miss our previous post on the vital role played by women in #TrentPark's secret #WW2 history!

Happy #internationalwomensday!

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/sassoon-women-trent-park

Sir Philip Sassoon was famously a bachelor - but his life was filled with remarkable women, both from his own family and those he entertained and counted amongst his friends.

March marks the start of #WomensHistoryMonth so we thought it would be only fitting to make this month’s blog post about...
02/03/2021
Women in Intelligence — Trent Park House

March marks the start of #WomensHistoryMonth so we thought it would be only fitting to make this month’s blog post about the vital contribution women made to the intelligence gathered at Trent Park during the Second World War 💃🏼

Look out for our newsletter next week where there will be plenty more content about the role of women in Trent Park’s history (join our mailing list via our website)!

The contribution that women made to the success of Trent Park in WW2 was vital.

As we further our understanding of Trent Park’s wartime operations, a fundamental question is: how many German and Itali...
17/02/2021
How Many Prisoners? — Trent Park House

As we further our understanding of Trent Park’s wartime operations, a fundamental question is: how many German and Italian prisoners of war passed through its doors? 🚪👀

Luckily for us, those in charge of #TrentPark were dedicated record-keepers! 📝

Read our latest history blog post to find out:

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/how-many-prisoners

As we further our understanding of Trent Park’s wartime operations, a fundamental question is: how many Axis prisoners of war passed through its doors?

It’s your last chance to join our mailing list before our first newsletter goes out! Keep up to date with the project as...
06/02/2021
Mailing List — Trent Park House

It’s your last chance to join our mailing list before our first newsletter goes out!

Keep up to date with the project as we share behind the scenes snaps, news and exclusive content every month.

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The Trent Park Museum Trust is working to seek the establishment of Trent Park Museum within the Grade II listed mansion and beyond. It is formally recognised by Berkeley Homes, the owner of the site, as the relevant body to secure and oversee the development and eventual operation of the Museum. Please visit our website for more information: www.trentparkhouse.org.uk

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