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Tag: aristocracy

September 11, 2017

A Cheap Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Part refurbished Irish Georgian stately home for sale for just £136,000; it was originally built by the Fry family   What could be one of the cheapest Georgian stately homes ever has been placed on the market for just £136,000 ($179,000, €150,000 or درهم658,000).   Three storey, five bay, mid-18th century Frybrook House in the … Continue reading “A Cheap Mansion”

August 27, 2017

Big Shorting Gatsby

by Matthew Steeples

Long Island mansion with links to ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Big Short’ for sale for £13.1 million (or 152% more than it sold for in 2011)   F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) set his ‘Roaring Twenties’ classic The Great Gatsby in the fictional locations of East Egg and West Egg on Long Island … Continue reading “Big Shorting Gatsby”

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

May 29, 2017

A Land of Contrasts

by Matthew Steeples

Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far   The mere mention of the area of Kensington and Chelsea brings all sorts of connotations: One thinks of the Albert Hall and Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nicks and one imagines affluence and culture. Here … Continue reading “A Land of Contrasts”

May 27, 2017

Wealthy in Wiltshire

by Matthew Steeples

Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)   Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million). … Continue reading “Wealthy in Wiltshire”

May 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

May 6, 2017

A Georgian Gem

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Georgian mansion in Worcestershire for sale for the first time since the 1720s   Few houses remain in the ownership of the same family for three hundred years, but an example of such, Ombersley Court at Ombersley in Worcestershire, has just been placed on the market for £3.5 million ($4.5 million, €4.1 … Continue reading “A Georgian Gem”

February 27, 2017

You Can Say That If You Like

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia apartment in building where Diana, Princess of Wales’ maternal grandmother lived, plotted and died for sale for a sum 165% higher than it sold for in 2003   The residence of brewery baron and Unionist politician The Rt. Hon. George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie (1851 – 1929) in the 1920s, 36 Eaton … Continue reading “You Can Say That If You Like”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

August 12, 2016

The Duke of Westminster

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to Gerald Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Westminster (1951 – 2016)   Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster was a man of duty dedicated to his country, its military and to the countryside he so loved.   Described in a poignant tribute on the Grosvenor Estate’s website as “distinctly down-to-earth” and … Continue reading “The Duke of Westminster”

April 25, 2016

Prince John Zylinski

by General

A cross between Donald Trump and Liberace in terms of his liking for all things gold in interiors, Ealing based Prince John Zylinski is an eccentric property tycoon with a taste for duels and ballet dancing.

September 14, 2015

The Marchioness of Bath

by General

Born in Hungary and raised in France, the Marchioness of Bath has been described as a “soft porn actress” as well as a war correspondent and a journalist.

July 16, 2015

Edward Holcroft

by General

Named the “UK’s star of tomorrow” by Screen Daily in 2014, Edward Holcroft has also been described as “a remarkable actor, a remarkable man” by fellow actor Mark Rylance.

May 30, 2015

Lord Mostyn

by General

The 7th Baron Mostyn was born in 1984 and was said to be worth some £50 million ($85 million) by The Sunday Times in 2014.

May 21, 2015

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

April 25, 2015

The Charge of the Cheque Book

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Victorian Isle of Wight mansion connected to The Charge of the Light Brigade for sale – Only those with large cheque books need apply

April 22, 2015

Leon Max (born Leonid Maxovich Rodovinksi)

by General

Having become “more British than the British” after paying £15 million for Easton Neston House at Towcester in Northamptonshire in 2005, Leon Max got what he described as “a smoking deal” when he snapped up Madonna’s former home 

April 17, 2015

Galen and Hilary Weston

by General

Worth some £6.5 billion ($9.7 billion) as of April 2015, Toronto and Windsor, Florida based Galen and Hilary Weston control an empire that includes Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

April 5, 2015

Emma Sayle

by General

Describing herself on Twitter as “London’s proper little madam”, there’s a lot more to Emma Sayle than meets the eye.

February 4, 2015

Moron of the Month: Gregory Lauder-Frost

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Gregory Lauder-Frost, the vice president of the Traditional Britain Group, as the second The Steeple Times ‘Moron of the Moment’

January 14, 2015

Lady Annabel Goldsmith

by General

The hostess of “the event of the season”, mother of six Lady Annabel Goldsmith’s summer garden party at her home, Ormeley Park on the edge of Richmond Park, is attended by the great and the good.

August 16, 2014

From Spite to Hope

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle for sale for just £28.90 per square foot   They say that owning a grouse moor is equivalent to burning £50 notes but the buyer of the 41,433 square foot Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland will take on an altogether bigger burden.

April 13, 2014

From the ashes

by Matthew Steeples

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site … Continue reading “From the ashes”

April 11, 2014

Archibald Hall (AKA Archibald Thomson-Hall, Roy Fontaine, the Killer Butler and the Monster Butler, 1924 – 2002)

by Matthew Steeples

A bisexual conman, thief and serial killer who targeted the aristocracy. Hall was born in Glasgow and took elocution lessons during his first of many stints in jail. He variously pretended to be an Arab sheikh, a Lord and Sir George Aylwen and claimed to have had affairs with Lord Boothby and the playwright Terence … Continue reading “Archibald Hall (AKA Archibald Thomson-Hall, Roy Fontaine, the Killer Butler and the Monster Butler, 1924 – 2002)”

March 30, 2014

Chelsea’s for servants

by Matthew Steeples

Estate agent announces that Chelsea is “where servants live”   The cast of Made in Chelsea better relocate. With the announcement by estate agents Beauchamp Estates that Chelsea “is a place where servants live”, this once haunt of the aristocracy has morphed into a very different place.

August 16, 2013

All hail vulgarity

by Matthew Steeples

21st century gauche replaces 20th century elegance   A hidden enclave opposite the V&A museum in South Kensington was home to two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating individuals. London club owner and arbiter of good taste Mark Birley lived at Thurloe Lodge for nearly thirty years until his death in 2007 and for a … Continue reading “All hail vulgarity”

March 5, 2013

Michelle Dockery

by Matthew Steeples

This Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress came to prominence as Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley in September 2010 and is now considered “one of the most chattered-about women on television”. Born in Romford, Essex, Dockery has also appeared in television series’ including Heartbeat and Dalziel and Pascoe and films such as Anna Karenina with … Continue reading “Michelle Dockery”

November 29, 2012

A Gipsy flies

by Matthew Steeples

The story of a 1929 bi-plane with a truly fascinating pedigree   Britain’s best-known wartime Prime Minister piloted a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that will be sold by auctioneers Bonhams in February 2013 at a guide of £120,000. The same craft was also featured in an iconic 1980s film and was also supposedly flown by a … Continue reading “A Gipsy flies”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

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