Sutton Veny (1917)
Sutton Veny (1917)
World War, 1914-1918; International Young Men's Christian Association;
lantern slide; Sutton Veny; house; YMCA; WWI; Greenhill House;
This lantern slide, “Sutton Veny,” shows the Sutton Veny house from the front. Sutton Veny, formerly Greenhill House, is located in the Upper Wylye Valley, near Warminster and Salisbury Plain in England. The structure itself was built between 1804 and 1816 by William Hinton and remained in the Hinton family until 1856. During World War I, the Greenhill House was a YMCA for officers and soldiers in the area. After the British battalions left for France in 1915 and 1916, the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces stationed in the village and surrounding area took the home to their hearts. An excerpt from a YMCA brochure of the time states: “Situated in the midst of the largest AIF training and convalescent depots in Great Britain, this mansion, containing over 50 rooms, and with spacious lawns and grounds, offered ideal possibilities for rest and recuperation for war weary troops . . . There are no charges—with the exception of the buffets—for any of the attractions, to which the YMCA is constantly adding. A more charmingly arranged home than Greenhill House it would be impossible to find, and among the staff—the majority who are Australians—there is a spirit of unity that is so essential to the success of every undertaking, whether work or sport." This slide is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
Slight yellowing around top edge and lower right corner; Writing on the frame of the lantern slide says: Sutton Veny Greenhill house
Part of the Australian Y.M.C.A. WWI Lantern Slide Series
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Lantern Slide Collection
“Sutton Veny (1917),” Digital Commonwealth , accessed March 9, 2014, http://digitalcommonwealth.org/items/show/72226.