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Notes ref 'Little Whitgrove'

Only Child of Mirtel Christabel Hardwick and Captain Edward Russell, Baron Whitgrove (married 20th of May 1677)

Steadham - inherited from his Mother, inheirted from her Parents. A house and grounds attatched to Chichester Estate

Whitgrove [Barony] -  The Barony of Whitgrove.  Quoting Fluff "It is not of strategic value, no castles. The mansion is somewhat derelict but with some investments from her dowry will be ready in time the lady of the house. Oh, and it is a baron of letter patent, 2nd creation. The first creation ended in the Civil War with the dead of the only baron without immediate heirs, lost in the fog of war. The family were not royalist and so were not reinstated with the Restoration, but instead gone into abeyance to the Crown."

Whitgrove Loc   

To get to the manor house one has pass through the extensive parkland surrounding and running up the sides of the small hill Whitgrove is situated on. Upon reaching the top one has a pictueresque view at the medieval manor house surrounded by English gardens, the romantic white manor contrasting perfectly with the silver birches of the parkland and the emerald shade of the trimmed grass. The two-winged manor house itself boasts three stories and a walk-on roof with parapets and ornamental carvings.

The entrance hall spans two stories with heraldic stained glass windows on the second floor creating lovely plays of colour in the room features a lovely curving pine staircase with ornamental carvings and a fan-vaulted ceiling. The house is furnished comfortably, the furniture mostly made of mahogany, walnut and oak, and displaying a lovely collectionof early Chinese ceramics and oriental rugs as well as the beginnings of an art collection, featuring three large paintings drawn by the Earl of Chilchester.

The first floor houses rooms for entertainment, amongst others two parlours, a small banquet hall, offices and a library cluttered with old tomes and maps, while the second and third floor offer accommodation. The second floor of the right houses the family rooms, the master bedroom and nursery, while the left wing and the slightly smaller third floor are mostly reserved for guestrooms.

The manor house is surrounded by a quitessential English garden complete with a large variety of roses spreading their heedy scent through the year. The large expanse of trimmed lawn is bordered by herbaceous perennials and shrubs, and displays a generous amount of flowers in springtime, most notably daffodils and narcissi, but also other flowers on flowerbeds arranged into knot designs. 

At the furthest edge of the garden to the right of the manor stand an idyllic gazebo, smothered in roses, next to a merrly bubbling brook.

At the back of the manor house are an orchard and a working kitchen garden that produce an array of fruits and vegetables.

The entire garden is surrounded by a lush parkland, mostly comprised by silver briches, with shaded walking-paths winding between the old trees amidst which one can glimpse deer.

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Family Tree


George Hardwick, 1st Earl of Chichester, son of Walter Hardwick and Alyce Howard* (invented)

Born: 1599
Gains Chichester title: 1613
Died: 1653

When he was 20 in 1603 he married Anne Berry (invented)
In 1613 when he was 30 he becomes the 1st Earl of Chichester.  Surviving children of the match were George (1623-1673) born when George the First was 25.  
And two daughters Alice and Elizabeth. 
He was created 1st Earl of Chichester at the age of 30 in 1613 and this would put him between Montgomery (1605) and Northampton (1618)

Born: 1623
Gains Chichester title: 1653
Died: 1673

His son George II, marries heiress Mary Stedham (1627-1657), when he is 21 years old. Four years pass and finally they have a living child called George 
Followed nine years later by a daughter called Mirtel in 1657 when his wife Mary dies in childbirth. The Steadham estate is passed to Mirtel. 

The first Earl is 49 when George III is born in 1648, but dies 5 years in 1653, George the second inherites and assume his fathers place between Montgomery and Northampton. 

Born 1648
Gains Chichester title: 1673

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House of Lords Painting

Concept - to be developed into a finished painting. 

"So, perhaps a drawing with me towards the back, taking to my feet and the other lords turning to take note?" he offered, maintaining the same vain theme. Despite the playfulness of it, George made an interesting point about how one might want to be depicted in a painting of many.

"All things are vanity." George replied generously with broad smile. His minds eye then 'seeing' what might be done with the scene as Louis offered an alternative composition. "Ah, there! And the generations shall continue to wonder of what topic these others anticipated his revelations upon? I like the question, the story is ever important behind any artwork... yes, yes that is a painting worthy."

It seemed that Basildon had swayed the passionate artist that a painting with Louis at its core would be worthy. A smile appear slowly on his face. Perhaps Louis was surprised that the artist that resisted portraits so vigorously might be tempted by this portrayal. "And you should add yourself in the crowd beside me ... with a smile on your lips that suggests you know the answer to what is on everyone's lips." Would George be further intrigued by the idea? It would also be a statement of an alliance of sorts to anyone with more than a casual interest in the subject matter.

Planning something to put in the back of the paining like a time capsule 

"A keepsake then," Louis agreed. "How about an English penny, as a symbol of a penny for your thoughts?* Is that not consistent with the theme of the painting?"

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Astounding Wealth
House in Pall Mall
Estate at Dulwich
Estate at Chichester
6 horse Carriage
Exquisite Wardrobe

Sullied Reputation: Spent time in the Tower (but then, many of the cool kids at court have ;) )
Dark Secret: Mina


Guarfian of Baby Edward Russell, Baron Whitgrove.

Immediate Obstacle 
Immediate Opportunities  

Political Leanings:
Liberal/Whiggish 'for the people' political leanings, as evident in the workscheme he set up in 1676 for the unemployed.

Donated a huge sum in Dec 77 to Cumberland 

to be continued...

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