Replica tank helps Hatfield House remember its history

PUBLISHED: 09:54 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 22 April 2016

Tank outside Hatfield House

Tank outside Hatfield House

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Visitors to Hatfield House can learn about its pioneering role in mechanised warfare with an exhibition, complete with a replica WW1 tank on display outside.

Readers with long remories may recall the Mark 1 tank that was a popular feature of Hatfield Park until 1969, when it was removed for restoration.

The armoured vehicle was presented to the Fourth Marquess of Salisbury by Winston Churchill in 1919, in gratitude for the use of the park in the world’s first ever tank trials three years earlier.

A new ehibition in the Hatfield House library explores the fascinasting story for the centenery of the trials, which ultimately revolutionised warfare.

The current Lord Salisbury said: “Although the tank that Churchill gave my great-grandfather is now in the Tank Museum at Bovingdon, where it has been magnificently restored and displayed, we are fortunate to have secured a replica. I hope you all, as visitors, enjoy it.”


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