In the first few months the British suffered many reverses. Patriotism ran high in these days of Empire, and Queen Victoria sent consignments of chocolate to the troops wishing them a Happy New Year for January 1st, The Boers gave the area the name of Suffolk Hill in recognition of their courage. They left for South Africa on February 11th. They joined the Suffolk Regiment at Middleburg. In , Suffolk was still a deeply rural county.
Note the large open space as the Boer War Memorial does not yet exist.
Unfortunately the King was taken ill in June, and was operated on for appendicitis only a few days before the ceremony was due to take place.
The present building is a piece of commercialism entirely out of keeping with its surroundings.
Although some older features of the Tudor building were lost, without his work it may well have decayed away completely.
Some people were entertained at the fete and refreshed in a marquee on the lawn of Barton Hall.