2001: Lord it up by buying a local title

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a titled aristocrat, the chance could be yours – if you’re prepared to pay the right price.

A number of Lordship titles based in Purbeck are up for sale at auction and prices are expected to fetch around £8,000.

Among the feudal titles available are the Lordships of Stoborough, Langton Wallis, Affrington and Worgret.

The Lordship of Worgret lies in the borough of Wareham and the title is being offered for sale by the daughter of the third and last Baron Alington. As title holder your manor would include one of the oldest churches in the country, St Mary’s – the supposed burial place of Anglo Saxon kings. It also covers a number of ancient barrows where Bronze Age burial urns have been found.

The Manor of Stoborough is believed to have once been part of Wareham Priory. An account of priory possessions during the time of Henry VIII includes assized rents in ‘Stowbarowe’ to the value of 9s2 and a half d. The title was acquired by John Scott, third Earl of Eldon, who then passed it to his second son Sir Ernest Stowell Scott KCMG who died in 1953. It is being offered for sale by this branch of the family – David Eldon Scott, a great nephew of Sir Ernest still lives at Encombe House, Corfe Castle.

The Manor of Langton Wallis lies at the west end of the parish of West Langton. It was probably the ‘Langetone’ which at the Domesday Survey in 1086 belonged to the wife of Hugh Fitz-Grip. It was acquired by the third Earl of Eldon in the 19th century.

The Manor of Afflington just south east of Corfe Castle was sold to Lord Chancellor Eldon in 1822 and is now up for sale by his descendents.

All the titles are being auctioned by private treaty sale by London based Manorial Auctioneers – one of several companies selling titles around the country. They can be contacted on 020 7582 1588.

Bournemouth Echo, Saturday 29 December 2001

1926: Lord Eldon dead – Seizure in street

The Earl of Eldon was walking along Orchard Street, London, W., yesterday morning, when he had a seizure and collapsed on the pavement. A doctor was called, and found that the Earl had died.

Lord Eldon had just left his house in Portman Square, and, it is understood, was on his way to see his doctor.

The deceased Peer, who was the third holder of the title, to which he succeeded as long ago as 1854, was 80 years of age. He is succeeded by his grandson, Viscount Encombe, who was formerly in the Scots Guards, and served in the Great War.

The Scotsman, 11 August 1926

1923: Obituary: Mrs. Spencer-Smith

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Hamilton Spencer-Smith, widow of Rev. S. C. Spencer-Smith, took place on Tuesday afternoon at Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset. The Rev. Raymond Bond officiated, assisted by the Rev. Algernon Ward, vicar of Stowe, Shropshire. The family mourners were Lieutenant- Colonel D. C. Spencer-Smith (son), Mr. & Mrs. M. S. Spencer-Smith (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. John Phillimore (son-in-law and daughter), Colonel and Mrs. H. C. Petre, Lady Mary Forestier-Walker, Lady Lilian Digby, and Miss Valentine Digby. Others present included:

The Earl of Eldon, Mr. and Mrs. T. Pellatt, Mrs. Raymond Bond, Mr. A. L. Mansel, Major and Mrs. Rhys Mansel, Dr. Hollick, Dr. and Mrs. Drury, and many friends from the parish of Kingston, where Mrs. Spencer-Smith was much esteemed.

The Times, 29 March 1923

1914: May: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Vestry Meeting

Held on Tuesday, April 14th, about 25 parishioners present. Chief points considered were as follows:

  1. The appointment of Sidesmen to collect and count the monthly offertory, at Morning and Evening Service.
  2. To adopt a scheme similar to that in use at Wareham, in response to the Bishop’s urgent appeal re Church Finance. First, a card will be sent to each Church-family to be signed and returned by those who are willing to take part in the scheme, stating the amount they are prepared to give (say, for example, 1d. per month). Upon the return of these cards, the Secretary will issue so many envelopes, which in the case of the monthly contributor would be brought once a month (in the case of a yearly contributor, once a year), and dropped into a box in the Church, this box to be cleared after each Sunday evening’s service.
  3. To adopt a suggestion that the hymn during the communion of the people at Choral Celebrations be discontinued.
  4. The question of the right to use the North and South aisles of the Church was brought forward; and after discussion it was ascertained that it was Lord Eldon’s express wish that the North aisle should be for the use of the young men, and the South aisle for the young women and children: as this is so, there is no more to be said on the matter except to ask those concerned to respect his Lordship’s wishes.
  5. The following appointments were made:

Mr. Hughes, Sidesman

Mr. Joyce, Sidesman

Mr. Medd, Sidesman

Mr. Seymour, Sidesman

Mr. F. Hunt, Sidesman

Mr. L. Jeffery, Secretary for Church Finance

N.B. – In our Parish we are so situated that we have no need to appoint Churchwardens as other parishes do, the wardenship of the Church being entirely in the hands of Lord Eldon and Mr. Candy.


The Easter Offering for the Bulford Camp Church Building amounted to £4. The May collection (which will be made on May 17th) is for the Temperance Society, when the address will be given by Mr. G. Scott, Diocesan Secretary.


Mar. 30.            Arthur Vincent and Susan Hibbs

1880: The great jewellery robbery

London, Friday Night.

Up to the present the police have failed to trace the burglars who carried off £20,000 worth of jewellery from Encombe House, the residence of the Earl and Countess of Eldon. The tiara stolen is valued at £1,000, and it is stated that the whole of the jewellery and plate could have been concealed in a hat.

Burnley Express, 21 August 1880

1838: Funeral of the Earl of Eldon

Yesterday morning at 11 o’clock, the mortal remains of Sir John Scott, Earl of Eldon, were removed from his mansion in Hamilton-place, Piccadilly, for internment in the catacomb attached to the church of the parish of Kingston, in Dorsetshire.

At 10 o’clock the domestics of his Lordship’s household, the servants of the family of the noble Earl, and others engaged in the funeral, were all in attendance at the mansion, around which in Hamilton-place and Piccadilly, a very large concourse of persons was assembled, including many ladies and gentlemen of rank and fashion, to witness the departure of the procession, and among the crowd we observed a vast number of indigent persons, who, we were informed, had been recipients of his Lordship’s bounty, and who now attended to pay a last tribute of respect to the remains of their beloved and lamented benefactor. The whole body of his Lordship’s tradesmen, 24 in number, were also in attendance, and their respect for the memory of the noble Earl had induced them to solicit permission to escort his remains out of the metropolis. Shortly after the Royal carriages arrived, followed by those of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Master of the Rolls, the Masters in Chancery, the Judges, and an immense number of the equipages of the nobility and gentry. At about half past 11 o’clock, and after the conclusion of the numerous preliminaries, the cavalcade proceeded from Hamilton-place in the following order:-

Policemen to clear the way,
The Undertaker on horseback,
Two Conductors on horseback,
Four Horsemen in long Black Cloaks,
His Lordship’s Tradesmen walking two and two
Two Porters on horseback
{The Coronet of the Noble Earl, on a Crimson Velvet Cushion with Gold Tassels, and tringed with Gold Lace, carried by a Gentleman on Horseback}
Four Pages

Four Pages
Drawn by Six Black Horses, richly caparisoned, with Black Velvet Hangings, on which were emblazoned in Escoe? The Armorial Bearings of the Noble Earl’s Family
{Five Mourning Coaches, each drawn by Six Black Horses, containing the relations and friends of the Noble Earl}
Here followed the family carriages, including those of
The late Noble Earl,
Viscount Encombe,
Lady Elizabeth Repton,
Lady Frances Bankes,
Mrs. Farrer,
Viscountess Sidmouth,
Rev. John Surtees,
Mrs. Surtees,
E. Vanstuart Neale, esq.,
Francis Cross, Esq.,
? Pennington Esq.,
Burdon Sanders, Esq.,

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge,
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Glocester

The Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Lord High Chancellor.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Queen’s Bench.
The Master of the Rolls.
The Vice-Chancellor.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
The Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

Sir J. Littledale.
Sir J. Patteson.
Sir J. Williams.
Sir J. T. Coleridge.

Sir J. A. Park.
Sir J. B. Bosanquet.
Sir. J. Vaughan.
Sir. T. Coltman.

Baron J. Parke.
Baron W. Pollard.

Baron E. H. Alderson.
Baron J. Garney.
The Accountant-General (W. Adam Esq.) and the Masters of Her Majesty’s High Court of Chancery.
J.E. Dowdeswell, Esq.
Frances Cross,Esq.
William Wingfield, Esq.
J. W. Farrer, Esq.
Sir G? Wilson,
Lord Henley.
H. Martin, Esq.,
W. Brougham, Esq.,
N. Senior, Esq.

Duchess Countess of Sutherland.
Dowager Duchess of Richmond.

The Marquis of Salisbury.

Dowager Countess of Charleville.

Charles Churchill.
The Right Hon. Sir John Nicholl.
The Right Hon. Sir Robert H. Inglis.
The Right Hon. Sir Charles Wetherell.
The Right Hon. Sir G? Wilson
The Right Hon. Sir W. Alexander
The Right Hon. Sir J. Gaselee.
Lady Chambers.

Sir Moses Montefiore, Sheriff at the City of London.
The noble Earl, being a freeman of the Merchant Tailors’ Company, the Master and four Wardens attended.
The Master, J. Allister, Esq.
First Warden, R. Jennings, Esq.
Second warden, J. Burbridge, Esq.,
Third Warden, R. Pugh, Esq.
Fourth Warden, J. Smart Esq.
Here followed the Equipages of
F. P. Stafford, Esq.
P. Danby, Esq.
? Coe, Esq.
Colonel D?
George Farrer, Esq.
Mrs. Maubert.
Dr. Fisher.
Mr. Makepeace.

The carriages left the procession on its arrival off the stones of Kensington. The cavalcade was to rest last night at Bagshot; this evening at Winchester; tomorrow at Wimborne in Dorsetshire; but, from the state of the roads, it is anticipated that it will not arrive at Encombe-house before the afternoon (about half-past 4) of Thursday. The body will then lay in state, and on Friday at noon the funeral will take place in the presence of some portion of his Lordship’s family, friends, domestics , the tenantry on his Lordship’s estate, and the neighbouring nobility and gentry.

The Times, 23 January 1838