Temple Cloud, near Cameley, Somerset
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William Wooldridge Rees-Mogg
of Cholwell House; Solicitor, of Rees-Mogg, Son, & Davy at Camely, Somerset
Edmund Fletcher Rees-Mogg
E. Fletcher Rees-Mogg, of Cholwell House, High Sheriff of Somerset
Early on in World War II, their son, William, recalled that, "my parents in Cholwell could see the glow of the fires and heard the bombers passing overhead" from Bristol where he was at Clifton prep school. In 1940, all of the boys at his school were briefly evacuated to Cholwell where they slept on mattresses wherever space could be found. The following year, Cholwell was requisitioned by The Waifs and Strays Society for use as a wartime evacuation home for the children from Wick House Nursery in Brislington. Known as "Cholwell House Home for Babies" it remained in that capacity until 1945.
The Rees-Moggs sold Cholwell sometime after World War II and for a period in the 1950s and 60s it was run as an hotel by a couple from Cornwall called the Tressiders. After the hotel closed, Mrs Tressider went to work as a cook at William Rees-Mogg's new nearby home, Ston Easton Park, and in the meantime Cholwell was repurposed to house offices for the Clutton Rural District Council - of which Fletcher Rees Mogg had been Chairman.
Fletcher Rees-Mogg was remembered locally for, "his interest in the welfare of old people" and when Cholwell was sold in 1985 to a private buyer who converted it into a nursing home (as it remains) it was not coincidental. Today, Cholwell falls within Jacob Rees-Mogg's constituency and he is not an infrequent visitor to his father's old home. However, in stark contrast to his grandfather, Jacob makes no secret of his disdain of the welfare state, an opinion shared by his father in his eye-opening book "The Sovereign Individual".
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