Slideshow: Wartime secrets at Audley End House and Gardens

THE wartime secrets of Audley End House and Gardens – which was code named Station 43 – were revealed over the Bank Holiday weekend. During the Second World War the Jacobean mansion near Saffron Walden was a secret training station for Polish soldiers. En

THE wartime secrets of Audley End House and Gardens - which was code named Station 43 - were revealed over the Bank Holiday weekend.

During the Second World War the Jacobean mansion near Saffron Walden was a secret training station for Polish soldiers.

English Heritage events manager Lucy Hutchings said: "Station 43, Spies, Soldiers and Secrets was a great opportunity for families and war enthusiasts to learn about the important role Audley End played in our history."

Audley End was open to visitors for a fun-filled day out where they could experience living history and authentic military vehicles.


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In addition to meeting the soldiers, children also had the opportunity to discover if they had what it took to become a secret spy in a fun drill and obstacle course.

In 1943, Audley End, or Secret Training Station 43, was placed exclusively under Polish control and agents undertook a series of arduous training courses in all aspects of guerrilla warfare before being parachuted into occupied Europe.

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The training was tough and the pass-rate low, but a total of 527 Polish agents passed through Audley End between 1941 and 1945.

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