The Hursley estate was bought by William Heathcote, MP from the daughters of Richard Cromwell . Cromwell had acquired the estate by marriage to the daughter of Richard Major , MP. Heathcote commissioned the present house to be built between 1721 and 1724, during the reign of George I , and was created a baronet in 1733. The estate descended in the Heathcote family to the 5th Baronet , whose widow sold it after his death in 1881 to Joseph Baxendale, the owner of the Pickfords logistics and removal company. He sold it in 1902 to Sir George Cooper whose wife, Mary Emma Smith, an American railways heiress from Chicago, commissioned architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie to carry out extensive development work in 1902 to create the house that can be seen today. Sir George was created a baronet in 1905.
First World War the second floor of the house was made
available as a nursing hospital for officers. It was intended to turn
it over again as a military hospital during the Second World War but
Sir George died in 1940 and it was requisitioned instead by the
Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP) to rehouse the Design and
Production departments of Vickers
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