EJ Rudsdale on Twitter from 3 September 2019

15th September 1942

Sisson came in the office today, about bomb damage at Abbotts Hall, Gt. Wigborough.  He has been to Norwich since I saw him last.  The majority of the historic buildings are quite safe and unharmed, but the damage in residential and industrial quarters is terrible.  He says most of the factories are destroyed.

Abbotts Hall Farm was administered by the Essex War Agricultural Committee during the war and in 1943 the farm's grassland was ploughed up in order to grow crops to meet food production targets.  Today Abbotts Hall Farm is owned by Essex Wildlife Trust who manage the site for wildlife as well as operating a working farm.  The estate is open to visitors to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of this historic farm, which dates back to the time of the Domesday Book and is situated on the Blackwater Estuary.  CP

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