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                                                            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): 

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.


“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)

 

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.com) 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 houses


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 (N. 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, formerly 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 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.