(Following on from yesterday) Christopher Turnor made Stoke Rochford his main residence, but his son Edmund Turner (1838-1903) favoured their Panton house in north Lincolnshire. Stoke Rochford was for a time occupied by tenants. Edmund Turnor’s nephew and heir, Christopher Turnor (1873-1940) lived mainly at Stoke and was the last of his family to live in the house. During the war the house was taken over by the war department, and for 18 months it housed the headquarters of the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. Here, on the Library floor, the plans were laid which led to the ill-fated Arnhem ‘drop’ of 1944. After the war, the house became a training college for teachers, the Kesteven County Council taking over in 1948. The college closed at the end of September 1978, and the National Union of Teachers opened its National Education and Conference Centre on 1st.October 1978. Still owned by the NUT, Stoke Rochford Hall today is a magnificent hotel and conference centre, open for all to enjoy.
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