Lord of Bowland title sold at auction

Lord of Bowland title sold at auction

Lord of Bowland title sold at auction

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A MYSTERY buyer has become the Lord of Bowland after snapping up the title at auction.

The new Lord of the Ribble Valley area gets a range of ancient rights.

But sadly, the Lord of Bowland does not receive the hunting forest, eight manors, five townships and four parishes that used to be include with the honour.

The title dates back to the Doomsday Book, but has not been used since 1885 when the estates of one of Lancashire's great aristocratic families, the Townleys, was broken up following the death of the last male heir.

However the Manorial Society, which represents Britain's 1,900 lords of the manor and feudal barons, has revealed the 'lost' title has been revived.

It is not known how much the title sold for, but on average cost several thousand pounds.

Though anonymous for the time being, the new lord may reveal his identity to use his role ceremonially.

He is said to be in his forties, British and from a family connected with the area.

With the title, he has been granted the rights to appoint a Master Forester and Bowbearers. Bowbearers at one time accompanied the King on hunts but later officiated in the Lord's forest court.

However, the ancient court in Bowland is today known as the Inn at Whitewell.

The gastro-pub's landlord Charles Bowman said the news was a complete surprise: "I've never heard of the title, though I knew the Inn was an ancient court and that the Master Forester lived here in the 1400s.

"If the lord wants to visit, he will be made extremely welcome! The history of the area and the inn isn't very well known, however that might change with the Lord of Bowland."

Experts, as well as the Townley family themselves, had previously thought the lordship belonged to the crown.

In 1938, the Duchy of Lancaster acquired 6,000 acres of the Forest of Bowland, now known as the Whitewell Estate which would have made the Queen the present Lord of Bowland.

However the 1938 purchase specifically excluded the Lordship of Bowland itself, which been retained by an extinct Towneley family trust.

Last year, Charles Towneley, the fourth Lord O'Hagan, stepped forward to claim the title which has now been sold on.

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9:23pm Sat 31 Oct 09

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

What a load of rubbish
What a load of rubbish Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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10:16pm Sat 31 Oct 09

Longtimerover says...

The only Lord of the Land recognised in these parts is Lord Muck Frae Sh*t Hall.
That must be the mystery buyer . Hee Hee.
The only Lord of the Land recognised in these parts is Lord Muck Frae Sh*t Hall. That must be the mystery buyer . Hee Hee. Longtimerover
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9:26am Sun 1 Nov 09

happycyclist says...

Does the title mean a seat in the House of Lords?
Does the title mean a seat in the House of Lords? happycyclist
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2:20pm Sun 1 Nov 09

Catweazle-Gary says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
What a load of rubbish
Load of Rubbish?? you may have forgot about these smart A@@e`s a few years ago sweeping-up these titles all over the Country.
If you pay ground rent for the home you live in and say your house was built in 1873 like mine, in 1873 the ground rent was set at £1.28p that would be as much as the Council Tax today! and it has stayed at £1.28p.
BUT what these people have done who have bought-up the titles they have brought the ground rents up-to today's prices!
In some villages they are now paying more ground rent than Council Tax! look it up on the Net.
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish[/p][/quote]Load of Rubbish?? you may have forgot about these smart A@@e`s a few years ago sweeping-up these titles all over the Country. If you pay ground rent for the home you live in and say your house was built in 1873 like mine, in 1873 the ground rent was set at £1.28p that would be as much as the Council Tax today! and it has stayed at £1.28p. BUT what these people have done who have bought-up the titles they have brought the ground rents up-to today's prices! In some villages they are now paying more ground rent than Council Tax! look it up on the Net. Catweazle-Gary
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5:32pm Sun 1 Nov 09

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

@Catweazle-Gary have you looked into ground rent redemption?
http://www.lrni.gov.
uk/static/web/librar
y/rent/REDEMPTION_OF
_GROUND_RENT1.doc
@Catweazle-Gary have you looked into ground rent redemption? http://www.lrni.gov. uk/static/web/librar y/rent/REDEMPTION_OF _GROUND_RENT1.doc Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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