The former home of the British Union of Fascists member Henry Williamson (famous for writing Tarka the Otter) is up for sale for £900,000. Below we reproduce a letter to the Western Daily Press from a leading trade union activist, Dave Chapple, in response to their recent article about the sale. You can read the original article here.

Henry Williamson "Esteemed"?

I write in astonishment at Jeff Wells' glowing half-page report on the sale of Henry Williamson's former mansion at Ox's Cross. (WDP, Wednesday.)

So Jeff describes Henry Williamson as "esteemed."

Esteemed by whom?

As a relatively famous author, Williamson was certainly esteemed by the 40,000 members of the British Union of Fascists, including their notorious leader Oswald Mosley, who were delighted when HW dedicated one of an interminable series of mediocre mid-1930's novels to Adolf Hitler.

For most other British people of that time, "despised" would be a better description!

Estate Agent Colin Thorne's comely attempts to excite WDP readers at his potential profit margin on a £900,000 sale also jarr: HW may have been traumatised by World War One, but Mr Thorne's "lovely little story" of HW finding tranquility after buying Ox's Cross insults the memory of thousands of principled British anti-fascists of pre-World War Two days: can I name one?

My friend Howard Andrews of Taunton, who died a few years ago aged 101, was badly beaten up by Mosley's BUF thugs at a fascist rally at the Albert Hall in 1934, and, partly through this experience, volunteered to serve for over two years in the Medical Corps of the 15th International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Not much tranquility there, then!

I have lost count of the number of articles on HW in our west country media, especially the WDP, that ignore HW's fascist politics: would we cover a murderer or serial paedophile with the same whitewash, just because they had west country connections?

Fred and Rosemary West's Gloucester house was demolished: the same fate should best befall Ox's Cross!

Dave Chapple