Pump House. Hospital in World War I
Lord Faringdon’s grandmother, Lady Violet Henderson, became a registered Red Cross member in 1907 while nursing her husband, brother, father and uncle, who had been wounded in the Boer War of 1899-1902. With the onset of war, she offered The Pump House in Faringdon to the Joint War Committee as an Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital. Within months, it had run out of space and had moved to her home, Kitemore House at Shellingford, where she and many others cared for over 242 wounded ‘inmates’ over the next 11 months.
Museum exhibition in Faringdon August 2018 to February 2019
The exhibition featured previously unseen items from Lord Faringdon’s personal collection, which have been in storage at Buscot Park. His grandmother, Lady Violet Henderson, was a registered nurse caring for her husband, brother, father and uncle, who had been wounded in the Boer War (1899-1902). With the onset of war, she took the decision to set up an Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital at her home, Kitemore House at Shellingford, where she and four nurses cared for wounded ‘inmates’. The hospital was transferred to The Pump House in Faringdon during the First World War.
The exhibition was curated by Faith Carpenter, Director of The Company Curator, with the support of Faringdon Town Council and Buscot Park Estate.