When war broke out 100 years ago, the owner of Morden Hall Park, Gilliat Edward Hatfeild, offered the Hall to the War Office for use as a military hospital. This year, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Attic Theatre Company brings the untold stories of the men and women who lived, worked and nursed at Morden Hall Park to life in Fields Unsown, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Morden Hall Dairies

Morden Hall Dairyman

Morden Hall Dairies Limited was established in 1910 and operated throughout the war, before being dissolved in the 1920s. When Hatfeild offered the Hall as a military hospital, he assumed responsibility for all the expenses associated with its operation, including the provision of food and drink for the soldiers who were nursed there. This photograph, taken from Judith Gooodman’s book Merton and Morden a Pictorial History, shows a dairy roundsman with his hand-cart, taken around 1910.

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