The Friends' most complex and intensive intervention was the struggle to avoid the demolition of Fitzharris Manor House. This had been purchased in 1946 by the Ministry of Supply in order to develop the grounds as a housing estate (now with the alternative spelling, Fitzharry's) for staff at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell. From 1948 the Friends drew attention to the deterioration of qwertyuiop
the house, and the relevant government departments gave assurances that it would be preserved.
Then in 1951 these assurances were withdrawn. The Friends made suggestions as to
how the house could be repaired and put to good use, and opened a vigorous correspondence
in The Times. Letters were published from the Vice-