World War One at Home: Dunham Massey's hospital past
During World War One, Dunham Massey Hall, near Altrincham, was known as the Stamford Military Hospital.
The large Georgian house and 3,000-acre estate, which date back to the 1730s, were transformed into a sanctuary away from the trenches.
Hundreds of injured soldiers, many from poor backgrounds, played chess, croquet and took boating trips during their time there.
Today, Dunham Massey Hall, deer park and gardens are owned and managed by the National Trust and remain a popular visitor attraction.
Further features from the BBC's World War One at Home project are available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01p34k8
28 Feb 2014