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To the manor born: Mapping the Grosvenor Estate

August 17, 2016

Image: Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster (far left) and fellow Knights of the Garter. Source: Wikimedia Commons It takes the death of an aristocrat to really bring out the forelock-tugging …

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To the manor born: Mapping the Grosvenor Estate

August 17, 2016

Who owns England?

Image: Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster (far left) and fellow Knights of the Garter. Source: Wikimedia Commons

It takes the death of an aristocrat to really bring out the forelock-tugging sycophant in the British media. “Because of Grosvenor’s wealth and prominence”, simpered Bryan Appleyard in the Sunday Times last weekend (£), bemoaning the sudden demise of Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, “his death feels like a requiem for the whole aristocracy and for the great political settlement… that stabilised Britain and laid the foundations of its brief greatness.”

Well, up to a point, Lord Copper. Asked for his advice on how young entrepreneurs should succeed, the late Gerald Grosvenor once replied: “Make sure they have an ancestor who was a very close friend of William the Conqueror.” It brings to mind the ominous words of Errol Childress, the villain in the first season of True Detective“My family’s been…

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