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By 1919 there were enough scattered dwellings amongst the Farnborough pines for the word "town" to be used for the first time. Military expansion and the development of the Royal Aircraft Establishment through the First World War, had transformed the old village beyond recognition. Freshly returned from his own adventures as a soldier in the Great War, Louis Gougaud, historian and monk of St Michael's Abbey, wrote this brief guide, chronicling events that turned an old Hampshire village into a world centre of aviation and home to the Bonapartes.
Saint Michael's Abbey Press