National Land Fund: Brownsea Island

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Brownsea Island



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Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Land
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: On National Trust Property: "Brownsea Island (244ha) was transferred to the Trust in October 1962 through the National Land Fund (NLF). The NLF was set up in 1946 to purchase places of significant beauty or heritage value as a lasting memorial to those who gave their lives in war. It transferred these properties to various organisations to maintain them and provide public access. " The former castle is now a hotel for the staff of John Lewis Partnership and is not open to the public. The island was once a thriving community with farming and a pottery industry. It was the site of Baden-Powell's first Scout Camp in 1907. In 1927 it was bought by Mrs Bonham-Christie who evicted all the residents and lived as a recluse except during the 2nd world war when the island was taken over by the military as it commands the entrance to Poole Harbour. Fires were lit on the island to mislead Luftwaffe pilots from bombing Poole. After Mrs Bonham-Christie died in 1961 the island was taken over by the National Trust and JLP.
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