BARONY of  NORTH CADBURY                                                                                                SOMERSET   ·   ENGLAND                                                                                                                    Erected by King William I. about AD 1066                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           'Keeping history alive'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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                                              22nd SEPTEMBER 2019                                                                                                    

 Have you already seen the Downton Abbey movie?


After the successful and award-winning series about the famous castle and its inhabitants, about Lords, Ladies and their servants, the two-hour film Downton Abbey can now be seen in the cinema.

A very powerful movie with a beautiful story, with sometimes quite amusing and sometimes very emotional moments. As always with the well known characters and great impressive pictures.
This time playing in the year 1927, Downton is visited by the King and the Queen, who already causes a lot of excitement in the run-up. It's a truly royal pleasure.



                                                        1st SEPTEMBER 2019                                                                                                                     

                                      The Baron and his Barony - History and Legends                                      Lord of North Cadbury gives an insight                       

 

The Barony of North Cadbury is one of the oldest feudal Baronies of England, whose rich history goes back to William the Conqueror. There are two Cadburys which lie directly among each other and belong together - South Cadbury with the famous hill fort Cadbury Castle, where the barony is named after and North Cadbury, which was the baronial seat of the huge amount of landholdings.                                                                                                            In the Middle Ages the Barony was owned by five feudal barons and I succeeded to the title of the 6th Baron in 2011. My dear wife and I do not act only as owner, we are more custodians of this part of rich English history.           The Barony's history is full of important personalities of their time. The Barony and its surroundings are also full of legends and traditions, based on historical events and the people who lived here hundreds of years ago with their deep Christian faith, who influenced the history considerably.                                                                                 With this new blog entry, I would like to give you a brief insight into the history and traditions of this centuries-old feudal Barony.

All the lands were gifts from William the Conqueror to one of his loyal Barons Turstin FitzRolf, who fought as his standard bearer at the battle of Hastings in 1066. At that time the Barony of North Cadbury or then Cadeberie was also known as the Barony of Turstin FitzRolf, later likewise termed as Wynebald or Newmarch.                           From Turstin FitzRolf, 1st Baron to the death of James de Newmarch, the 5th Baron of North Cadbury in 1216, the Barony of North Cadbury remained a honor of 18 manors and knights' fees. This is provably recorded in the history books and also in Domesday Book commissioned by King William in 1086. Domesday Book meticulously lists every single property of England, the owner and all possessions in order to levy appropriate taxes and loan services in the feudal system.

       

Aerial view of Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury

But Cadbury (which has nothing to do with the famous chocolate factory in Birmingham, as one might assume by name ;-) or Cadbury Castle after which the Barony is named, has also another interesting story to tell. It is about a world-famous legend that still today occupies people all over the world and fascinates them. It is very probable that one of the most famous figures of the early Middle Ages was located in this place. Of course, King Arthur is meant to have had a kind of castle on the hill of (South) Cadbury widely known as Cadbury Castle and according to legend invited his knights to the Round Table. Cadbury Castle was called Camelot.                                                     Also the surrounding area is deeply ingrained in this legend. The origin lies in the religious beliefs and the search for the Holy Grail, which was presumed also in this environment. Not far from North Cadbury lies Glastonbury, with the famous ruins of the former Glastonbury Abbey. According to tradition, the tomb of King Arthur and his consort Genevieve is located there. Glastonbury is said to be Avalon and a possible place of storage for the Holy Grail, according to legend brought over here by Joseph of Arimathea shortly after the death of Jesus Christ.      

John Leland (1503-1552) English poet, chaplain and librarian to King Henry VIII, was the earliest of a notable group of English antiquarians who traveled through England and Wales between 1538 and 1543.
On his journey through the county of Somerset he visited the historic places of North and South Cadbury. In Leland's itinerary of 1542, he was the first to record the tradition (possibly influenced by the proximity of the villages of Queen Camel and West Camel, which are lying as well as North and South Cadbury at the River Cam) identifying the hillfort of Cadbury Castle in Somerset as King Arthur's Camelot.
                                                         John Leland's relevant papers provides invaluable evidence for reconstructing the lost "tomb" of Arthur at Glastonbury Abbey. From the 12th century Glastonbury is associated with the legend of King Arthur. This connection was promoted by medieval monks who asserted that Glastonbury was Avalon.                                                    
The countryside of this area is rich of Arthurian traditions. It is said on moonlight nights King Arthur and his knights to gallop round the fortifications on steeds shod with silver shoes. A hardly traceable forest-path runs at the base of the hill (Cadbury Castle) in the directon of Glastonbury. This is King Arthur's hunting track.



Many things have been historically documented and written down. Much has been told and passed on from generation to generation, many truth are based on these stories, for which there is sometimes no evidence. But every legend has a true essence and is based on facts.
This all is firmly anchored part of British and European history, traditions and faith and should never be forgotten and lost.

More about the history of the Barony of North Cadbury can be read on this website.

I have also written several articles about the Barony for Manorial Counsel, the latest can be read here.  

    

With best wishes -  

 Jörg Hubert Baron of N. Cadbury   

 


                                           25th AUGUST 2019                                                     

                                 One Million Queen - Park Lane, London        

   

In London, the Baron and Baroness have seen the sparkling One Million Queen (1MQ) by artist Matt Marga. This is a unique work of art made of a million crystals. The 1M Queen was unveiled on 29th November 2018. The One Million Queen is a public sculpture and celebrates the life and legacy of one of the most influential figures in modern history and wants to be homage to the World’s longest reigning Monarch.                   

Matt Marga is an Italian artist based in London and working from his studio in Chelsea. When looking for a universal symbol representing the city, he chose one of the most recognisable profiles in modern culture, the one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The 1MQ marks the first public exhibit of Marga in London.
The profile of Her Majesty the Queen is created by the composition of 999.999 crystals embedded in a monolithic optically clear sheet of glass.
The handmade diamond-cut crystals, which are approximately 2.5 mm in diameter, are partially coated with gold foil to increase the diffraction of light. Among the 999.999 crystals, 53 real diamonds - carefully placed at the centre of the crown’s cross - represent the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The number is also a nod to the coronation of Elizabeth II which took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey, London.


 


        8th AUGUST 2019           

                                                Cordings of Piccadilly                                                    Country outfitters to the English Gentleman   


Lord North Cadbury has been a customer of Cordings for tweed country clothing for several years and appreciates the quality and the traditional British style of the garments. Founded in 1839, Cordings is one of the longest established, traditional country outfitters for the gentleman (and lady too) based on London’s famous Piccadilly.

Cordings Historic Entrance

Cordings has been a British icon and the values that have carried Cordings from 1839 to the present day are still as important as they were then: quality, service and adherence to the brilliant British style. The company became a famous outfitter for traditional British country clothing and with that part of the sartorial landscape of Britain, from their origins as a waterproofer to an iconic British clothing brand.

In 1909, JC Cording & Company was granted the Prince of Wales warrant as waterproofers to the future King George V. In 1922, the young Prince of Wales adopted Cordings as one of his outfitters, as had his father before him. It was at this time that the famous Newmarket and Idstone boots were patented, and Cordings made Newmarket boots for Elizabeth, the mother of HM The Queen, the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson.

Co-owned by Eric Clapton since 2003 (yes, the musician Eric Clapton!, aware of Cordings in his teenage years and later one of Cordings' best customers), the brand has been reaffirming itself on strong foundations of quality and the fact that their wares are predominantly made in the United Kingdom.                                                                                               

Cordings tweed is perfect in the country; on a days shooting or at the Cheltenham Festival. But not only in the country; also a smart alternative to wear a Cordings suit in town, a Cordings tweed waist coat combinated with a pair of jeans or chinos, a navy blazer and monk strap shoes. Smart and even though very stylish!

    



                                                            

                                         " Since 1839, Cordings have clothed explorers, rock stars and royalty from                                  our store on bustling Piccadilly, in the heart of London.

                                 Cordings are world renown for our timeless clothes that have become                                               the benchmark of British sartorial elegance."                 

              J C Cordings & Co Ltd.      

          


  


 

British Tweed a cornerstone of Cordings Menwear

                      

The original fireplace in the ladies’ room surrounded by the collection

        

Photos by courtesy of Cordings of Piccadilly


                                                     

          5th AUGUST 2019           

                                Absolutely exciting to be directly involved                                                                            in the Courtroom of ...                 


     ... Agatha Christie's courtroom drama in the grandchamber at London County Hall.

During their recent visit to England, Lord and Lady North Cadbury visited Agatha Christie's famous play 'Witness for the Prosecution' in London. It is performed with great success in the magnificent London County Hall, Southbank. An absolute must for fans of Agatha Christie - the Queen of Crime.                     

Lord and Lady of North Cadbury were very carried away and enthusiastic about the very authentic and captivating criminal case in an original courtroom. It has been an unforgettable experience to be there live and feel the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie's gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in an unique courtroom setting.

 








 



   4th AUGUST 2019

                              Tea for three at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly


It was recently a great pleasure for Lord and Lady of North Cadbury to meet their friend Lord Martyn Spencer-Link of Kinterbury in London. On this occasion their Lordships visited together the state rooms of Buckingham Palace in the morning and in the afternoon they took their Afternoon Tea at the Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.          

For many years it has been a regular tradition of the Baron and Baroness to have afternoon tea at Fortnum's, sometimes also with highly regarded friends.                                                                    

The Diamond Jubilee Salon was named in honour of Her Majesty the Queen's visit at Fortnum & Mason in 2012, when she formally opened the room, in the company of their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.


       


                                                                                26th JULY 2019                                                                             

                                            Baronial Coat of Arms Shields


His Lordship commissioned Caroline Easton of 1066 Heraldic Shields some time ago to paint a baronial crest shield (left on the pic) for him. Caroline has an excellent expertise as a professional heraldic painter for over 15 years and has already painted several heraldic shields and coasters for the Baron.    

The crest is an element of a coat of arms, consisting of the device borne on top of the helm. On this latest shield the Baron's crest, a heraldic dragon is depicted - the wyvern with a spear pierced throat. The beast is represented with a Baron's coronet above it, indicating the status of an English feudal Baron.                                                                                              

The newly hand-painted shield is completed in excellent quality. The Baron was very delighted about the workmanship of the baronial crest shield.

1066 Heraldic Shields is highly to recommended for painting heraldic shields to other armiger. Caroline has already painted shields among others for members of the British aristocracy, feudal Barons, Lords and Ladies and Gentlemen.          

You can read more on the website of 1066 Heraldic Shields.



                                                              24th JULY 2019                                                                             

                                    The Queen's Prime Ministers 1952 - 2019 

 

Ever since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, she's forged a partnership with the prime minister of the time. The british monarch as head of state has seen many politicians come and go. Today, the UK will have a new Prime Minister again.

During the Queen's record-breaking reign, she has been served by 13 prime ministers, some more than once:            

1.     Sir Winston Churchill
2.    Sir Anthony Eden
3.    Harold Macmillan
4.    Sir Alec Douglas-Home
5.    Harold Wilson
6.    Sir Edward Heath
(5.) Harold Wilson (2nd term)
7.    James Callaghan
8.    Margaret Thatcher
9.    Sir John Major                                                                                                                                                                             10.  Tony Blair
11.   Gordon Brown
12.  David Cameron
13.  Theresa May                    

and today at 3pm, Theresa May will meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace and resign as Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson should arrive at the palace at about 3.30pm, and he will be to seek the Queen’s permission to form a new government.  Boris Johnson will become the 14th Prime Minister to serve under Elizabeth II.



                                               21st JULY 2019                                                                                

                     Me and My Motor: Jörg Hubert, Lord North Cadbury    


Jörg Hubert, the Lord of North Cadbury was obsessed with cars as he was a boy. In the age of eight he had a go-cart and drived around on the property. After passing his driving test in the age of 18, he bought a Volkswagen Beetle vintage car from 1963. Among other things he drove a VW Golf and a VW Passat. But his absolute favorite cars were the ones from England. His dream was always to own a Jaguar.   


His Lordship's present Jaguar XF 20d Prestige


In 2004 he bought his first traditional English car - a Rover 75 saloon. Unfortunately, the MG Rover Group has gone bankrupt in the same year and ceased car production in Longbridge, Birmingham. The Rover 75 was such a beautiful car, very similar to the Jaguar models of that time.                                                                         In 2011 his Lordship bought his first Jaguar, a new XF 3.0 V6 Premium Luxury, such he had previously rented and tested on a round trip in Scotland and which he was very enthusiastic about.


The Baron on the way in the Scottish Highlands with a Jaguar XF (first generation) in summer 2009.


"With the Jag XF it was such a great driving experience, to drive with such a comfortable and powerful luxury car through the Scottish Highlands. That was love at first sight", reflects the Lord of North Cadbury.                

Since then Lord North Cadbury drives Jaguar. The latest is a Jaguar XF 20d Prestige. 

"With a Jaguar you can experience the most comfortable way of travelling. Even with a Jaguar, you'll occasionally be stuck in traffic, but you'll be stuck in style".


The Baron with his first Jaguar XF in 2012.

          Jaguar - A Great British Icon              

Jaguar XF 20d radiator grille with red Jaguar (Growler) Badge

The great British icon Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, by two motorcycle enthusiasts, William Lyons and William Walmsley. In 1934 Walmsley elected to sell-out and in order to buy the Swallow business, Lyons formed S.S. Cars Limited, originally making motorcycle sidecars before developing bodies for passenger cars. Under the ownership of S.S. Cars Limited the business extended to complete cars made in association with Standard Motor Co, many bearing Jaguar as a model name. The company's name was changed from S.S. Cars to Jaguar Cars in 1945. Jaguar's first sports car since the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940, was the Jaguar XK 120. It was the fastest car in the world in 1948 - and probably one of the most beautiful roadsters, similar also with the Jaguar E-Type in the 1960's who was extremely popular too.                                                                                                                                                                      

Jaguar Cars (merged with Land Rover to Jaguar Land Rover) was bought by Tata Motors from Ford in 2008 after difficult years. Tata Motors and thanks to his Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum who designed the XF, brought the world-famous luxury car manufacturer to great success and prestige again with the new developed Jaguar XF, XJ and in the following with the F-Type, F-Pace and XE models. The Jaguar XF is one of Jaguar's most important and most successful models in its history.                                                                                                                                       Jaguar has been the purveyor to the British royal family since 1951. The company (Jaguar Land Rover) is proud to hold all three Royal Warrants of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.    The trademark of Jaguar automobiles is the so-called 'Leaper' and is the radiator figure of Jaguar vehicles. Since the 1940s it has been mounted on the front radiator of Jaguar cars, but due to the high risk of injury to pedestrians in Germany it was prohibited by law in 1959. But the Jaguar Leaper can still be seen. After the ban, the British developed a harmless variant.


   



                                             6th JULY 2019                                                                        

                                  A view into Her Ladyship's tea cupboard

          

Lady Regina allows a look into her silver and china tea set cabinet today. The antique silver tea sets and the fine bone china tea ware from Fortnum & Mason are in daily use for 5 o'clock tea.          

The fine bone china tea tableware was made especially for Fortnum & Mason by the renowned Stoke-on-Trent porcelain manufacturer William Edwards. This company is one of the finest porcelain maker in England and produces tableware for several luxury hotels, department stores, palaces, the House of Lords as well as for the House of Commons and also for the Royal family.

The beaker in the middle is from the House of Lords. The beautiful egg cups on the right and left are also from the House of Lords and are a present to Lady Regina of very good friends from Leeds in West Yorkshire.


 

 

          

            


                                                  23rd JUNE 2019                                                                       

                                   In the footsteps of the Knights Templar                                Temple Church - City of London


Temple Church is an church located between Fleet Street and the River Thames in London, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. The church was consecrated on 10 February 1185 by Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem. During the reign of King John (1199–1216) it served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templars as proto-international bankers. It is located within the Royal Courts of Justice, in the Inner Temple area of the Middle Temple Inns of Court, base of the English legal profession. Temple Church is famous for being a round church, a common design feature for Knights Templar churches, and for its 13th- and 14th-century stone effigies.                

Originally built in the 12th century as the main church of the Knights Templar in England, it was the meeting place for important negotiations that eventually led to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

After the persecutions of the Templars in the 14th century and the dissolution of the Order in 1320, the Temple Church and the attached buildings became royal property and for the next seven centuries provided space for two law schools. During the Second World War, the building was badly damaged, but has been greatly restored and rebuilt.  The Knights Templar order was very powerful in England, with the Master of the Temple sitting in parliament as primus baro (the first baron in precedence of the realm). The compound was regularly used as a residence by kings and by legates of the Pope. The Temple also served as an early safety-deposit bank, sometimes in defiance of the Crown's attempts to seize the funds of nobles who had entrusted their wealth there. The quasi-supra-national independent network and great wealth of the Order throughout Europe, and the jealousy this caused in secular kingdoms, is considered by most commentators to have been the primary cause of its eventual downfall.

King John signs Magna Carta in June 1215

In January 1215 William Marshal (who is buried in the nave next to his sons and is represented by one of the nine stone effigies) served as a negotiator during a meeting in the Temple between King John and the barons, who demanded that the king should uphold the rights enshrined in the Coronation Charter of his predecessor and elder brother King Richard I.                                             Marshal swore on behalf of the king that the grievances of the barons would be addressed in the summer, which led to the signing by the king of Magna Carta in June 1215. Marshal later became regent during the reign of John's infant son, King Henry III (1216–1272). Henry later expressed a desire to be buried in the church and to accommodate this, in the early 13th century the chancel of the original church was pulled down and a new larger chancel was built, the basic form of which survives today.

It was consecrated on Ascension Day 1240 and comprises a central aisle and two side aisles, north and south, of identical width. The height of the vault is 36 feet 3 inches (11.05 m). Although one of Henry's infant sons was buried in the chancel, Henry himself later altered his will to reflect his new wish to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

A few of the most famous and influential knights of their time are buried here:  

Geoffrey de Mandeville, 1st Earl of Essex (died September 1144),
William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1146–1219),
William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (1190 – 6 April 1231),
Gilbert Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (1194 – 27 June 1241).


Burial sites and effigies of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, beside his son William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke


             

 





Temple Church is located within the Royal Courts of Justice building complex, a district reserved for judges, lawyers and notaries, more specifically within the Inner Temple area of the Middle Temple.  It is one of the largest courts in Europe. It is located on Strand within the City of Westminster, near the border with the City of London (Temple Bar).                                                                                It is surrounded by the four Inns of Court, St Clement Danes church, The Australian High Commission, King's College London and the London School of Economics.






 


 

"Historically extremely interesting with great old buildings very worth to seeing. Very recommendable if you are in London."


                                                                                       Lord North Cadbury



                                                      15th JUNE 2019                                                                          

                                           Baronial flag waving in the wind 


               

Today it's a very windy day. Very good for the baronial flag which flutters quite strongly in the wind. The Baron's flag shows the heraldic symbols from the shield of his Lordship's coat of arms.

A flag or standard is a rather emotive symbol of belonging. When heraldry came into existence, the first coats of arms appeared on flags or also on banners and pennons. This has been preserved up to the present time, because flags have an enormous recognition value. The nobility, the church, the military, cities, companies, etc. uses flags and standards with their heraldry as objects of attention and affiliation.



 


                                                                                     8th JUNE 2019              

                                                                                                       TROOPING THE COLOUR     

                           Zu Ehren der Königin - In honour of the Queen        

PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 93rd birthday already in April. Traditionally, the birthday is made up at the great London parade in June - in hope of better weather. Trooping the Colour is a military ceremony that marks the official birthday of the British monarch.                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

For a declared horse lover, as the Queen is, there could be no better day than the traditional troop parade 'Trooping the Colour' on the Horse Guards Parade ground in the heart of London. It is held every year - with 1,400 soldiers in the finest guard uniforms and also with 200 horses and 400 musicians.

The Queen celebrated her 93rd birthday on 21 April 2019, but with the prospect of better weather it will be officially celebrated on the second Saturday in June - with all her pomp and circumstance.


                                                                      At home to the Baron and Baroness 

                                            Royal birthday decorations in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


 

      

'God save the Queen'      



                                                   2nd JUNE 2019                                                                                 

                                                                Summer is on the way


Finally the summer comes to us with pleasant warm temperatures. The right summer feelings come up today at 30-32°C degrees, which are to be expected.

This would be the right weather for a boat trip on the river, wouldn't it?      

An English landscape painter was inspired around 1910 to capture this in a beautiful and detailed oil painting.  It shows the summer atmosphere of a boat trip on the River Thames, before the scenery of Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare in Hampton.

            

 Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare, River Thames, Hampton -  English School, oil on canvas c.1910  ©The Baron de Newmarch Collection    

 


                                                               24th MAY 2019                                                                                           

                                                       Queen Victoria's 200th Birthday    

Portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter 1859 - The Royal Collection

On this day 200 years ago, Queen Victoria was born. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria, 24 May 1819 - 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India.           

 

Queen Victoria 1882

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke and the King died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children.

Queen Victoria sat on the throne for almost 64 years and it was during Victoria's reign that the modern idea of the constitutional monarch, whose role was to remain above political parties, began to evolve.

 



                                                         18th MAY 2019                                                                                  

                                                                      Heraldry everywhere

                                                                              

The view of his Lordship's desk shows the book Heraldry in National Trust Houses. This book is an excellent source to explore coats of arms in manor houses. It reveals many depictions of coats of arms in a large number of English stately homes.      

At the Baron's desk and also in our everyday life we can discover heraldic images at many different places.

           

                                                


                                                             Heraldry at the Baron's drawing room


Lord North Cadbury's coat of arms is hanging over the mantelpiece. It was hand carved and painted by the master sculptor M. Gerlach.

More about the Baron's Coat of Arms see menue bar or click here.



                                                        23rd APRIL 2019                                                                                           

   St. George's Day   


Saint George's Day, also known as the Feast of Saint George, is the feast day of Saint George as celebrated by various Christian Churches and by several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint including England.  Saint George's Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of  the saint's death in the Diocletianic Persecution of AD 303.   

The medieval legend of St George and the dragon says that a dragon made it’s nest by a fresh water spring near the town of Silene in Libya. When people came to collect water, they inadvertently disturbed the dragon and so offered sheep as a distraction.
After time, there were simply no sheep left for the dragon and so the people of Silene decided to chose a maiden from the town by drawing lots. When the results were read, it was revealed that the princess was to be the dragon’s next victim. Despite the Monarch’s protest his daughter, Cleolinda, was offered to the dragon.
However, at the moment of offering, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion. St George dismounted and drew his sword, protecting himself with the sign of the cross. He fought the dragon on foot and managed to slay the beast and saved the princess. The people of Silene were clearly very grateful and abandoned their pagan beliefs to convert to Christianity.    

The story of England's patron saint in his battle against the legendary dragon is as iconic as his red and white flag. But like many early saints, very little is known about the details of his life, but fact is St George was a martyr. He died for his Christian faith. It is believed that during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian, St George was executed for refusing to make a sacrifice in honour of the pagan gods.

 

Reference to the Baron's coat of arms             

St George is the patron saint of His Lordship, because his German front name Jörg (Joerg) is an equivalent to George in English.

The Baron's crest shows a heraldic beast - a dragon (wyvern) as the symbol of St George, with his throat pierced by a lance - defeated by the lance of St George. The red cross on the coat of arms shield also symbolises St George - the so-called St George's Cross.

You can more read about the Baron's armorial bearings under 'Heraldry' .


His Lordship's coat of arms crest and shield ©The Baron de Newmarch Collection


            

                                                     13th APRIL 2019                                        

    Interesting Fact ...

Windsor Castle - English School, oil on canvas c.1900 ©The Baron de Newmarch Collection

Many Barons had castles but not all, some Lords had castles but were not Barons. Funny old thing... if you were merely a Lord but in favour with the King or Queen you could have found yourself with an impressive seat!                                                                                                                                                          

If you are a Lord or a Baron who has no impressive castle or stately home don't worry, there are numerous other Lords, Barons and more rarely Earls or Dukes who live neither in a castle nor in an imposing manor house. Often they live in a city apartment as can be watched in the fantastic BBC documentary 'The Last Dukes'.


Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire - Postcard 1907

 

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire - Postcard c.1905

 


                                                     20th MARCH 2019                                       

                                                From His Lordship's Office   

     


Baron of North Cadbury is a feudal title of England. The barony was created by William the Conqueror or King William I. about 1066 as a gift for one of his Norman barons - Turstin FitzRolf - who fought for him as his loyal standard-bearer at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066. The name of the barony refers to (North) Cadbury in the county of Somerset.   

Turstin FitzRolf 1st Baron depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry

Turstin FitzRolf, first Baron of Cadeberie, appears to originate from in Bec-de-Mortagne, Pays-de-Caux, Normandy, five miles away south-east of Fécamp, according to the Roman de Rou poem written by the Norman poet Robert Wace (c.1110-after 1174). Robert Wace was born in Jersey and brought up in mainland Normandy (c.1115-1183): 

“Tosteins fitz Rou-le-Blanc out non,Al Bec en Caux aveit meison.”
“Turstain fils de Rou le Blanc eut pour nom, au Bec-en-Caux avait maison.” (modern French)
“Turstin FitzRou the White was his name, had home at Bec-en-Caux.” (modern English)

The only existing picture of Turstin FitzRolf is that from the Bayeux tapestry, depicted as standard-bearer of William the Conqueror. After Turstin the barony went to Wynebald de Ballon, a Norman magnate and passed via his daughter Mabilia to Henry de Newmarch and the de Newmarch family. It was a very wealthy family with huge amounts of baronial estates, not only in the county of Somerset. Even many landholdings lay in other adjacent counties.
North Cadbury in Somerset was the seat of this extensive barony, but it was not only connected to William the Conqueror (King William I) and the early feudal barons. There are many well-known historic facts as well as numerous legends which base on actual facts. Wynebald de Ballon, a Norman magnate and passed via his daughter Mabilia to Henry de Newmarch and the de Newmarch family. It was a very wealthy family with huge amounts of baronial estates, not only in the county of Somerset. Even many landholdings lay in other counties.
North Cadbury in Somerset was the seat of this extensive barony, but it was not only connected to William the Conqueror (King William I) and the early feudal barons. There are many well-known historic facts as well as numerous legends which base on actual facts.

King Arthur



It is said that the nearby hill fort Cadbury Castle in South Cadbury is the most probable site of King Arthur’s famous Court called Camelot and the place where the barony takes its name from.

Furthermore Cadbury Castle is a site rich of archaeological interest. Many excavations have taken place in the past and many archaeologic highly interesting artefacts have been unearthed.


 

 


Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury


View from top of Cadbury Castle in South Cadbury to North Cadbury - North Cadbury Court is to see in the middle. c. 1910

A few years ago the chairman of the North Cadbury Village Hall Committee contacted me about a contribution for maintenance works of the local Village Hall, which were urgently required. As the current Lord I’ve seen it as my obligation to give my support for this project. The Village Hall is used very much by the local community and has a professional theatre stage.
After all my wife and I, we had the great honour to be invited several times to North Cadbury. Each time the residents welcomed us as friends. They guided us through this lovely village and the surroundings, which has some magnificent historic landmarks. In late summer 2015 we had also here in Germany, where we live, a return visit from a very nice couple from North Cadbury. We had the great pleasure to show them around in our homeland.  




Map of North Cadbury

                                                               Captured in pictures for the future                   

Some years ago I was very delighted to commission the portrait painter Max Scotto (www.maxscotto.comwww.maxscotto.com/gallery/ www.maxscotto.com/blog) to paint a portrait for me. Ever since the Renaissance, the nobility, the gentry and the fashion-conscious have chosen to be recorded for posterity by a portraitist. Portrait genre has thrived in Germany and Britain with artists like Dürer, van Dyke, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Raeburn. This consideration motivated the Baron to commission a Scottish based artist, Max Scotto, to paint his portrait. As I could see on his website portfolio he has an excellent expertise in paintings. In my case the result was a wonderful classical painting and Max told me that he was influenced by the Grand Manner, a style promoted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and he based his colour choices on the palette of Thomas Gainsborough.

 

The painting is now hanging in our living room. The painter produced an outstanding piece with a very classic taste, depicting me and a view of Cadbury Castle in South Cadbury.                   

I was so delighted with my portrait that I commissioned the artist again to paint my wife, the Baroness.  Mr Scotto, who is based in Scotland, painted a bust composition of the Lady of North Cadbury inside an oval. He told that he felt inspired by some small portraits in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Both portraits are excellent paintings from a brilliant portrait painter and artist.



                        

                                  

                                   Baron's Picture Gallery - ©The Baron de Newmarch Collection            


The 6th Baron of North Cadbury, oil on linen by Max Scotto 2016

 

Lady of North Cadbury, oil on linen by Max Scotto 2016


Gardens at South Cadbury, Somerset 1934 by Edward Steel Harper RBSA (1878-1951)

In the middle background Cadbury Castle in South Cadbury, the most probable site of King Arthur's principle court famously called Camelot.



'The Tor' Glastonbury, Somersetshire 1911 by E. Frith

Glastonbury, 17 miles away from North Cadbury is the most probable place of King Arthur's legendary Avalon.


As successor of the early Barons and as the present Baron and custodian of the barony, I’m obliged to preserve this nearly thousand years old piece of English history for future generations.          
I would like to refer you to 'History & Library' to find detailed historic facts of one of the oldest feudal baronies in England which is still existing today.

If you have any enquiries or if you would like to give any comment, please contact my office. 


                                                                                 With my best wishes  –
 


                                                            Jörg Hubert, 6th Baron of North Cadbury   


                                       17th MARCH 2019                                       

          English Country Houses - Historic seats of feudal Lords and Ladies  

North Cadbury Court - one of the finest stately homes in Somerset


An English country house is a large house or mansion in the English countryside. Such stately houses, country or Manor houses (sometimes also Castles and Palaces) were often owned by individuals who also owned a London town house, as there were members of the peerage and had a seat in the House of Lords.              

Originally a manor house may be the centre of an old Manor. However it is the manorial land that denotes its physical location. During the life of a Manor, which for the majority would be over 1000 years, there would have been many manor houses built on a Manor. Traditionally these would have geographically been in the centre (roughly) of the manorial land.  However, as manor houses were replaced with newer bigger ones or extended we can no longer guarantee that a manor house is still on manorial land let alone in the centre of a Manor.

Some Manor houses are rather castles or palaces with turrets and battlements. A Castle only qualifies as a castle if it was castellated (with the addition or inclusion of turrets / battlements). The owner could not just add these as he wished to his home, he had to get express permission from the Crown.


North Cadbury Court


Other impressive English (and Cornish) stately homes 

Pencarrow House, Bodmin, Cornwall - Home of Lady Molesworth-St. Aubyn


Mount Edgcumbe House - Cornwall




Hardwick Hall - Derbyshire


Lytham Hall - Lancashire



                                                    9th FEBRUARY 2019                                                     

             Lost manuscripts of King Arthur discovered

The newly discovered fragments that mentions Merlin. Credit: University of Bristol

A sensation has happened. Long lost parchments appeared in Bristol University Library, hidden in books from the 16th century. These medieval original documents tells of Merlin the magician, one of the most famous personalities of the Arthurian legend.             

Historic experts research the parchments which are probably from the Old French sequence of texts known as the Vulgate Cycle or Lancelot-Grail Cycle, dating back to the 13th century. This were probably used by Sir Thomas Malory (1415-1471) as a source for his Le Morte D’Arthur (published in 1485 by William Caxton).

Sir Thomas Malory was the first writter who mentioned the existence of King Arthur, but without any proof of existence. 

The fragments from the Middle Ages were found by chance in 15th and 16th Century books. A team of experts is investigating further to discover if the pieces hold any secrets about the legends of Arthur, Merlin and the Holy Grail!          

The recently published very interesting news can be read at Live Science and the Medieval manuscripts blog of the British Library.



                                             

                               3rd FEBRUARY 2019                                               

                           The Origins of the House of Lords                

  

The first Lords in the House of Lords came from the feudal Barons and Earls that managed the people and land across the country. A privilege for the feudal Lords was the attendance at the King's feudal court, the precursor of Parliament.  Historically, these titles come from the manorial and feudal system, which preceded the Peerage and still continue today.                                            

Most of the rights of these title holders have been lost due to their creation or lain dormant so long ago, mostly 1066 at the time of the William the Conqueror (King William I.), but some can date back hundreds of years before.  

feudal title is a territorial dignity which passes as an incorporeal hereditament to the next legitimate descendant or can be acquired. The holder of a manorial or feudal title is a responsible custodian of a part of English history and heritage, which can go back more than 1000 years. Therefore the feudal Lord holds his title in trust for future generations.                                                                                                                      

A peerage title is a personal dignity which will pass, if it is not a life peerage, to the next legitimate descendant and can not be acquired. Hereditary peerage dignities, equally life peerages can only be created or granted through HM The Queen on advice of Her Majesty's Government by writs of summons or letters patent. These members of nobility are custodians of pieces of English history and responsible in the sense of leading politicians, as they have a seat in the House of Lords, the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.                        

                                   

                             Creation of the Barony of Cadeberie (North Cadbury) in about 1066                            

The feudal Barony of North Cadbury was created shortly after the Norman conquest of England in about 1066. King William established the extensive Barony of (North) Cadbury (Cadeberie) and granted Tosteins Fitz-Rou le Blanc (Turstin FitzRolf), the first feudal Baron of (North) Cadbury, as tenant-in-chief per baroniam. The land was a gift to Turstin as he was a true companion of William, Duke of Normandy, alias William the Conqueror and he was his loyal standard bearer at the battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066. In other words, Turstin FitzRolf was the King's Baron - and anymore he was King William's loyal Baron.
In Domesday Book of 1086 the manor is recorded as held as part of the extensive fiefdom of Turstin FitzRolf.           Even today the Barony of North Cadbury is one of the oldest existing feudal baronies of England.



                                  12th JANUARY 2019                         

                                                                                                                  Winter atmosphere

Winter atmosphere by R. Danford - oil on canvas c. 1960's ©The Baron de Newmarch Collection

          An atmospheric painting of a wintry scene, with pheasants strut through the snow in search of food.

At the moment we don't have a very cold winter, but by looking at this picture we can imagine the beautiful side of winter.


   



           1st JANUARY 2019      

                                                New Years Honours                                                   The Gazette - Official Public Record of the Crown                                                                                                                

                                                     

New Year Honours list 2019 published in The Gazette, formally The London Gazette, on 28th December 2018. The New Year Honours is a part of the British honours system, with New Year's Day, 1 January, being marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and recipients of other official honours. The New Year honours list recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, and are published in The Gazette, the official newspaper of the Crown. Along with the Queen's Birthday honours, they are the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.  The awards are presented by or in the name of the reigning monarch, currently Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.               

The Gazette is formally the combination of three publications: The London Gazette, The Belfast Gazette and The Edinburgh Gazette. The Gazettes are official journals of record.                                                                                              The Gazette claims to be the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK, having been first published on 7 November 1665 as The Oxford Gazette.                                                                                    

Also creation and conveyance of His Lordship's titles and of numerous other manorial and feudal Lordships were already officially published in The Gazette, as a part of the legal assignment to all new Lords and Ladies.