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mojo:
For anyone interested:

As announced today by Defence Minister Mark Lancaster, Leighton House otherwise know as the RCB or Army Officer Selection Board is being put up for sale along with nine other MOD sites.

From Wikipedia

"Leighton House
Located Near Westbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates   51.252501°N 2.192197°W
Type   Manor
Site information
Owner   British Army
Controlled by   British Army
Site history
Built   1800
Built by   Henry Phipps
Garrison information
Occupants   Army Officer Selection Board
The estate on which Leighton House stands was bought by the Phipps family, a prominent family in the local cloth industry Westbury was known for, in 1585. In 1800 Henry Phipps, father of businessmen and politicians John Lewis and Charles Paul Phipps, built a Neoclassical box house, naming it Leighton House. William Laverton, who ran a wool mill inherited from his uncle Abraham Laverton, bought out the entire estate in 1888. He extended the house and planted trees, including a row of Araucaria araucana (Chilean pine) which still stands there today. Laverton ran his own in-house cricket team which played at W. H. Laverton's Ground and a home cinema until money ran out in 1921. The house briefly became a prep school before the War Office bought the estate in 1939. It previously housed a selection board for National Service. Since 1949 the Regular Commissions Board, later Army Officer Selection Board, has been based there.

The 40 acres (16 ha) of land behind Leighton House comprises of a 19th-century manor house (Leigh House), a trout lake and an assault course where potential officers are put through their paces.

In 1978 Leighton House was named a Grade II listed building for its architectural significance as it features designs from two different periods"

Cheers

Mojo

Michael:
Oh well another new housing estate for Westbury, selling off the family jewels comes to mind, but on the other hand perhaps it's just a shrinking of the British Army.

Mike Hawkins:

--- Quote from: Michael on March 24, 2016, 18:58:16 pm ---Oh well another new housing estate for Westbury, selling off the family jewels comes to mind, but on the other hand perhaps it's just a shrinking of the British Army.

--- End quote ---

Michael, I suspect both!

Silverthreads:
 :( oh, lets hope it isn't sold for housing!! Westbury has far too many houses and not enough facilities  as it is!
I remember going there to a youth club in the 'fifties'. A lot of fun was had by one and all. Down to the jug and bottle at The Bell.  Such good memories. It could be adapted into a fine Wedding Venue!

johnnyTheFox:
Looks like it will be sold for housing

http://www.cityam.com/237537/uk-house-prices-ministry-of-defence-names-new-sites-for-thousands-of-home-as-it-releases-land-in-london-essex-kent-and-hampshire

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