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Cecil Beaton stamped his sardonic personality across society’s magazine pages for decades. But it was how he spread his innovative style across a breadth of subject matter that proved he was more than ‘just’ an iconic fashion photographer. Born in Hampstead, in January, 1904, Beaton’s childhood was suffused with middle-classdom and he was encouraged to…

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21st January is the anniversary of the birth of one of the most iconic names in fashion; Christian Dior. Even if you’re not a fashionista you will have heard his name connected to stylish clothing, perfume, and accessories. And not without good reason. For though in recent times the name has become fully entrenched as…

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A guest blog from Barbara Lee Hesselgrave It is the season! Plum puddings and Christmas cake, holly and mistletoe, candles and caroling, an abundance of red and green, the sparkle of silver and gold–our seasonal festivities are upon us once again. All this eating, buying and drinking; our brief but highly sanctioned non-stop pursuit of…

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Winston Churchill

30th November is the anniversary of the birth of Winston Churchill, a man whose modus operandi is still greatly esteemed by world leaders today. In the current circumstances of a raging pandemic, influential people across the globe have quoted him in many a speech and interview; such is the way his time on this planet…

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When Queen Elizabeth sat for the artist who painted what became the renown Armada portrait series, she offered us a veritable treasure trove of information – a timeless commemoration of the Tudor Queen’s success in defeating the Spanish armada. Her hand on the globe, the imperial crown in the background, stiffly seated in a fantastically…

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From the moment Elizabeth I was born on 7th September, 1533, her situation was a complex one. She was a girl for a start, and her father, Henry VIII, was after a boy. So much so, in fact, that he’d turned the religious world upside down to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon (mother…

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What does a title mean in this day and age?

It’s an interesting question, and one we take very seriously here at Manorial Counsel… and not just for the obvious reasons. You see, we didn’t actually get into researching titles in the first place for the love of seeing the word ‘Lord’ in front of a name. That is thrilling, of course, but what really…

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