Time for some peace and quiet
George Cooper and his American heiress wife Mary bought the Hursley Estate in 1902. Lady Mary Cooper had inherited an immense fortune from her uncle and they already owned an estate in Scotland and a house in Grosvenor Square where the US Embassy now stands. During the First World War the family gave generously to the war effort donating £5 million, the largest private donation of its kind. Also during the war Lady Cooper founded the American hospital in Hursley Park. By the outbreak of the Second World War, the Estate employed around 200 people – almost all of the village. A women of good taste, we think Lady Cooper would have enjoyed some well-deserved peace and quiet in our cosy Cooper room.
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