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A House, a War and a Painting – Quebec House – Alan Carter
April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In leafy Westerham on the Kent and Surrey border lies a house owned by the National Trust. It is a substantial old house that has stood for nearly 500 years, not large but sturdy, and over the centuries has undergone many changes. Its importance dates from a brief period in the 18th century when it was the childhood home of James Wolfe who, at the age of 32, won a battle that changed the world and in which he lost his life. So important was this victory that just before the First World War a wealthy Canadian was prepared to buy the house and gift it to the people of Canada. How the property ended up belonging to the National Trust and why Wolfe was deemed to be so important will be the subject of this talk.