Information Sought About History of Darland Hall
I am compiling a history of an old house in the United Kingdom called Darland Hall. It is located in a village called Rossett equidistant between Chester in England and Wrexham in Wales. It is well known that an American unit (either tank or artillery) was based in the hall during WWII. An extract from a message left on our village website: “Prior to the Duckworth’s owning the property, and after the Topsham’s, ownership during the war was to a man by the name of Dudley Beck, once owner of the fashionable Tea Rooms and Bar/Club “Quaintways”, Northgate Street Chester. During the war Dudley Beck vacated the Hall to allow an American Tank regiment to be stationed there. During which time a young Miss Josie Duckworth, whose family owned a Hall in Singret, Gresford, became a staff driver and regular visitor to what would be her future home. Incidentally looking from the top floor down on to the front lawn, during a dry summer the outline of a large fuel tank thought to have been left by the Americans can be observed.” This is an important part of the hall’s history and we hope to identify the unit.
Regards, Steve Skelton
19 Broadoaks, Darland Lane
Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0FA United Kingdom
Town website: http://www.rossett.org.uk/news.php