The Musuem
Floor Plan

The Dennis Wheatley 'Museum' - World War I

The Crooked Villa (Sept / Oct 1917)

The site of the 'Crooked Villa' as shown in DW's Motoring Diary from between the Wars

At one stage DW's unit was stationed a few miles from Etricourt, and it looked as if they would stay there for some time.

With the typical DW flair for comfort, and having his first go at bricklaying - a hobby with he would enjoy for most of his life - he built himself a 'Crooked Villa' - a two room dwelling with a fireplace, hot water and a sunken bath.

He was fated however to spend only one night in it before being re-assigned, never to return and enjoy its comforts.

References : 'Officer and Temporary Gentleman' pp186-189,193-196.
Phil Baker pp 131-134.

Provenance:Private Collection