By George, he’s tough

All keen gardeners look foward to the new year with a sense of anticipation. Early spring¬† sorts the optimists from the pessimists – those who look foward to the first blooms, welcoming the frontrunners in the flowering calendar, and those who decry their precociousness, heaping doom and destruction from the fickle weather on their temerity […]

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From Leicestershire to Berkshire

The story starts with a man called George – Lieutenant-Colonel Sir George Frederick Stanley to be precise.¬† He was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician, who also served as the Governor of Madras and Acting Viceroy of India. A son of the 16th Earl of Derby, he married a titled lady, Beatrix Taylour, daughter […]

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