Witham MP, Priti Patel, joined the team at the historic Marks Hall in Coggeshall to view archives from World War Two and tour the Estate’s gardens and arboretum.
Marks Hall was used as a US airbase during World War Two and due to its American connections, it has been chosen to be part of a new US tourism project to encourage tourism and increase the number of US visitors in Essex.
After her visit, Priti said:
“It was a pleasure to join the team at Marks Hall today to learn more about the Estate’s history and American connections.
“Marks Hall had a significant wartime role and the archives were fascinating. I am delighted the Estate has been chosen to be part of a new US tourism project in Essex and I will continue to support the team at Marks Hall to raise awareness and boost tourism in the area.
“Marks Hall is a spectacular attraction in Coggeshall and the gardens and arboretum are stunning. I would definitely recommend a visit!”
Chair of Trustees at Marks Hall Estate, Meriel Barclay noted:
"The team at Marks Hall were delighted to welcome Priti Patel back to explore the arboretum and talk through the heritage of the Estate.
“By working collaboratively we hope to drive awareness of this inspiring landscape. We are aiming to develop an education programme at Marks Hall, which improves the way we engage with our visitors, stakeholders and the local community.
“Priti's support and developing links and partnerships with like-minded organisations will help us to increase regional and national awareness of this special place."