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Introduction
 

Introduction

In 1818, the architect Thomas Hopper was commissioned to conceive a building at North Stoneham in Hampshire to represent the dynastic Willis Fleming family. Over the next 26 years, and with a seemingly limitless budget, Hopper's vision materialised: a fantastical Grecian mansion, set in the old 1000-acre park. But the house was never completed. North Stoneham House - also known as Stoneham Park - was demolished at the outbreak of the war in 1939.

Harry Willis Fleming and the Willis Fleming Historical Trust are revisiting and recreating North Stoneham House - through the formation of The Stoneham Archive, the creation of a temporary museum, and a major academic research project on the architect Thomas Hopper.