The Home of Leading Scientist Who Helped Develop the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ to Be Sold

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LONDON.- Christie’s will offer the contents of one of the finest Regency villas in Bath, Crowe Hall, at the King Street salerooms on Thursday, 16 December 2010. Crowe Hall was the home of Sir Sydney Barratt (1898-1975), a chemist whose advice to Sir Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet from 1942 to 1944 helped to secure the development of the ‘bouncing bomb’. The sale is expected to raise in excess of £1.8 million and includes Old Master and British pictures, English furniture, silver, porcelain and Italian ‘Grand Tour’ bronzes bought by Sir Sydney and his son to furnish this remarkable villa, which nestles beneath the Palladian grandeur of Prior Park. Individual estimates range from £500 to £80,000. Commanding superb views over the city of Bath, Crowe Hall is set in thirty acres of landscaped garden, woods and parkland. Originally built in 1760, the house was remodelled in the fashionable neo-clas