A PARK-HOME ESTATE WITH A GHOST AND FIT FOR A KING?
A resident ghost and four kings are part of the history of Warfield Park, a residential park-home estate near Bracknell, Berkshire. That history covers more than 60 years and has seen Warfield grow from just 22 homes in 1947 to more than 500 today.
Stories of a ghost there – ‘a sad faced young lady in a flowing cloak – date back to the mid-1950s. However, resident managing director Barry Sumner denies ever having seen it.
The four kings? They were King Edward VII, the Kaiser, Alphonse of Spain and the King of Bulgaria.
All were guests at a shoot organized on the 200-acre estate in the 19th century when its stately manor house was home to Lord Ormathwaite. It was one of the peer’s family who planted the majestic Wellingtonia trees which can still be seen at Warfield today. The manor house itself was pulled down in 1955.
More recent but still steeped in history is a solitary Nissen hut. It is one of many left behind by the American Army who commandeered Warfield Park during the Second World War and used the rambling old manor house there as their base. Now re-clad and refurbished, the Nissen hut is used as a workshop
The residential park-home estate itself was started by Ian MacLaren, the son of Archie MacLaren, one of this country’s most famous cricketers, having captained both Lancashire and England in his time.
During his four decades there, M-D Barry Sumner has witnessed a transformation in the amenities and homes on this rural residential estate, which sets new, high standards in park-home living.
For more information visit www.warfieldparkhomes.co.uk