Built towards the end of the 16th century, Milton Hall is the largest private house in Peterborough. Once home to the Fitzwilliam family, it is now resided in by the Naylor Leyland family who inherited it from the 10th Earl.
The Hall was used by the military during both world wars, a hospital being established in World War I and initially in World War II, the Czech army occupied part of the house and stable block.
In December 1943, 300 volunteers from the Special Operations Executive (SOE) were brought together and trained at Milton Hall. From there they were sent to join small teams to arm, train and co-ordinate foreign resistance fighters in preparation for the D-Day landings in Normandy in May and June 1944. Codenamed the Jedburghs, the volunteers came from army forces based in Britain, France and America with small contingents coming from Holland, Belgium and Canada. Between D-Day and VE Day they carried out 101 operations in Europe.
In May 1996 surviving members attended a special service at Peterborough Cathedral where a memorial plaque was unveiled to commemorate the 37 men who lost their lives during operations in Europe and the Far East.
Built towards the end of the 16th century, Milton Hall is the largest priva…