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2017

Duchy Commences Next Phase At Lancaster Castle

September 5, 2017

On Monday 4th September 2017, the Duchy of Lancaster started work on an extensive programme of repair and conservation works at Lancaster Castle. Scheduled for completion in June 2019, the works will open up the …

Equestrian Excellence In Salwick

August 31, 2017

A Duchy tenant on the Salwick Estate in Lancashire is establishing a reputation as a centre of excellence for all things equestrian. Forrest Sport Horses offers horse breeding, schooling, veterinary support and livery packages to …

Green Energy Project On Track

August 22, 2017

One of the Duchy’s newest commercial tenants Tetronics has begun construction of a £27m green energy plant due for completion in 2018. Based at Marston Gate Industrial Estate in Swindon, the project has received Government backing …

Duchy Expands Team At The Castle

August 4, 2017

The Duchy of Lancaster is strengthening the management of its rural estates, bringing the Cheshire and Staffordshire Surveys together and combining its Lancashire and Yorkshire Surveys. A single lead surveyor will take on the role …

Refurbishment Breathes New Life Into Historic Workshops

July 26, 2017

The spectacular countryside of the Trough of Bowland and the comfort and character of the Duchy's refurbishment of a historic stable yard and workshops continues to prove popular with new tenants from across the county …

Annual Report and Accounts Year Ended 31st March 2017

July 19, 2017

The Duchy of Lancaster has today published its financial results for the year ended March 31st 2017. During the year: Net surplus increased by 7.9 % to £19.2m Net asset value increased by 4.8 % to …

New Residents Flock To Scalby Lodge

July 14, 2017

The newest tenants at the Duchy of Lancaster’s holiday cottages at Scalby Lodge have taken up residence on the cliff-top above Scarborough this month. Fencing has been erected to allow a flock of 30 sheep …

Preserving the Past, Investing for the Future

July 7, 2017

The Duchy continues to repair, restore and upgrade its rural residential properties across all Estates, with record levels of capital investment and the ongoing roll-out of its quality specification and Design Standard.  Over £2m has been …

Newton Retained to Manage Financial Portfolio

July 4, 2017

Newton Investment Management has been reappointed to manage the Duchy of Lancaster's financial portfolio for a further 3 years, following a full re-tender process. The firm, which is the headquartered in London, is the global investment …

Harrogate Homes Selling Off-Plan

June 30, 2017

Almost 50 per cent of a residential development built by Linden Homes in Harrogate as part of a Joint Venture with the Duchy of Lancaster has been sold off plan. Local homebuyers have responded positively to …

Tidal Power Partnership

June 26, 2017

Renewable power company Atlantis Resources has been identified as the preferred developer for a proposed tidal barrage across the River Wyre in Lancashire. The proposed scheme will involve the construction of a 600m barrage across the …

Duchy Hosts Contractors At Palace Garden Party

June 22, 2017

The Duchy of Lancaster invited a selection of preferred contractors and building partners to a Royal Garden Party this year in recognition of the quality of their craftsmanship, repairing and refurbishing properties across the rural …

Her Majesty The Queen Visits Her Needwood Estate

May 30, 2017

Her Majesty The Queen as Duke of Lancaster visited a number of tenants on Her Duchy of Lancaster estates in Staffordshire on Thursday 25th May. The visit included a tour of Eland Lodge Equestrian Centre …

Celebrating 40 Years of Service

May 19, 2017

 Tenants, neighbours and members of the Duchy senior management team paid tribute to Tom Wells and his 40 years of service as the Duchy’s Clerk of Works in Lancashire earlier this month. Tom, who originally joined …

Yes, Pieminister!

April 26, 2017

An award-winning pie company is bringing its high quality offering to the Midlands, with the opening of a new Pieminister restaurant at New Oxford House on Waterloo Street in Birmingham. The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed …

Lancaster Castle’s Iconic Gatehouse Revealed Once Again

April 19, 2017

The City’s most iconic landmark has been revealed once again this week, with the removal of scaffolding and hoarding from Lancaster Castle’s John O’Gaunt Gate on Castle Parade. Over the past 12 weeks, the Gatehouse …

Bio-Diversity Mapped Across Yorkshire and Lancashire Surveys

April 12, 2017

The wide-ranging biodiversity audit launched last summer is well underway, with habitats on both the Lancashire and Yorkshire Surveys mapped, identified and quantified.  Carried out in partnership with Natural England and the Game and Wildlife …

Duchy Bursary Awarded to Emma Benson

February 28, 2017

A 20-year old student from Catforth in Lancashire has been awarded a Duchy of Lancaster bursary to support her during her degree studies at Harper Adams College in Shropshire. Emma Benson was presented with the …

Historic Weather Vane Restored

February 24, 2017

As part of the ongoing repair and restoration works currently underway at Lancaster Castle, the Duchy of Lancaster has refurbished and re-installed a historic weather vane on the top of the John O’Gaunt Gate. The …

Duchy Pre-Lets 9 Savoy Street

February 21, 2017

Following the extensive refurbishment of the ground floor of 9 Savoy Street, the Duchy of Lancaster has pre-let over 3,600 sq ft of space to STV. This latest commercial tenant agreed terms to enter into …

From Generation To Generation

January 31, 2017

A new chapter is about to begin in the long and proud history of Hareholes Farm Cottage on the Duchy’s Needwood Estate in Staffordshire.  Following an extensive refurbishment project, the building has been restored to …

The Foulsyke – Scarborough’s Finest

January 20, 2017

One of the newest Duchy’s tenants in Yorkshire is cooking up a storm, gaining five-star reviews for a farmhouse bistro and bed & breakfast, in the little village of Scalby on the outskirts of Scarborough. …

Bosch Becomes Duchy’s Newest Commercial Tenant

January 17, 2017

Multi-national technology company Bosch has become the Duchy of Lancaster’s latest tenant, taking over 100,000 sq ft of warehouse and office space in the Midlands on a five-year lease. The modern purpose-built warehouse is in an …

2016

New Future For Grade II Listed Building in Burniston

December 16, 2016

A Grade II listed building on Rocks Lane, Burniston has been lovingly restored, updated and refurbished by the Duchy of Lancaster. Beck Farm has been part of the Duchy’s Cloughton estate since it was built in …

Duchy Supports Green Energy Production

December 9, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster is supporting the construction of a new and innovative green energy plant at its recently acquired Marston Gate Industrial Estate in Swindon. The UK Government is investing £11m in the development and …

Signature Farm Snapped Up By Elveden Farms

November 25, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has purchased Mallard Hearn Farm, Donington, bringing the total acreage owned by the Duchy in Lincolnshire to 2,580.  The land holding and buildings have now been combined with neighbouring Park Farm …

Duchy Creates New Office At Lancaster Castle

November 10, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has opened a new office at Lancaster Castle. Following a six-month refurbishment project, the former Debtors’ Workshops have been sensitively restored to provide a modern office and meeting room suite capable …

Traditional and Contemporary

November 7, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster continues to offer its unique mix of contemporary living spaces in heritage settings with the refurbishment of a stone-built cottage in the heart of Weston village on the historic Crewe Estate …

New Tenant For Centenary Park

October 31, 2016

An online cosmetics company has taken a lease on Unit 8 at Centenary Park in Trafford, Manchester this month, following a surrender of the lease by the previous tenant. The company, which supplies over 10,000 products …

New Bursary Award For Construction Skills

October 24, 2016

 The Duchy of Lancaster has launched a bursary to be awarded annually to students of construction and conservation courses at Moulton College. From 2016/17 a maximum of 2 students each academic year will receive an …

Project Manager Joins Duchy Team

October 18, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has strengthened its Planning and Development team with the appointment of a new Project Manager. Ian Bartlett (32) joins the Duchy from York-based conservation specialists William Anelay Ltd where he was Contracts …

RedEye Expands At Crewe

September 30, 2016

 Multi-channel marketing and digital analytics expert RedEye Ltd has more than tripled in size since the Duchy of Lancaster redeveloped Crewe Farm Buildings as luxury office suites in 2009. RedEye was one of the Duchy’s …

Lancaster Approves Growth Plans for the Castle

September 28, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has secured planning consent for the next phase of restoration work at Lancaster Castle. Plans and drawings submitted at the start of the summer illustrated ways in which the former prison …

Duchy Invests £1m in Yorkshire

September 26, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has continued its programme of restoration and renewal in Yorkshire, investing £1m to date in the refurbishment of its residential portfolio. A number of cottages in villages around Scarborough have been …

‘Gravity’ Pulls Duchy South

September 20, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has acquired a portfolio of commercial buildings which significantly increases its presence across the South of England.  The ‘Gravity’ portfolio, which comprises four distribution warehouses (Basingstoke, Harlow, Redditch, Alcester) and one …

New Prison Life Exhibition Opens At Lancaster Castle

August 12, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster and Lancashire County Council Museums Service are to open up the A-Wing of Lancaster Castle from Monday 15th August 2016.  A new ‘Prison Life’ exhibition, which has been jointly managed and …

Glorious Twelfth!

August 10, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster has re-let its extensive grouse moor at Goathland on a long-term improving lease to be managed by specialist moorland agents, BH Sporting. The two grouse moors, which extend to nearly 5,000 acres …

Owls Nesting At Hanbury Grange

July 31, 2016

  Owl nesting boxes at the Duchy of Lancaster’s Hanbury Grange property in Staffordshire have proved popular again this year, with chicks close to fledgling discovered on site earlier this month. This is the third consecutive year …

Restoration and Renewal

July 27, 2016

A £90,000 refurbishment project at Burniston Farm House near Scarborough has paid dividends, with new tenants moving into the property within days of completion. The 3-bedroomed detached dormer bungalow which sits on an elevated site …

Orms Appointed To Refurbish Norman House

June 30, 2016

   The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed leading London-based architects Orms to examine the possibilities for the refurbishment of Norman House at 105-109 Strand in Central London. Norman House forms part of the historic Savoy Estate …

Supporting Farming Ambitions in Staffordshire

June 27, 2016

  Newborough Hall Farm in Staffordshire comprises a farmhouse with outbuildings and 236 acres of high quality grazing and arable land which has been farmedto a very high standard by the Slater family for two generations. …

Scalby Lodge Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

June 13, 2016

The Duchy of Lancaster’s luxury holiday cottages at Scalby Lodge have once again this year received a Certificate of Excellence from the world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded in recognition of …

Morrow+Lorraine Appointed for Savoy Street

June 10, 2016

            The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed award-winning architectural firm Morrow+Lorraine to remodel one of its prestige office suites on the ground floor of 9 Savoy Street, London. This will include the creation of a …

Tenants Attend Royal Garden Party

May 27, 2016

Tenants from the Duchy of Lancaster were invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May, where they were presented to Her Majesty The Queen as Duke of Lancaster, and His Royal …

Duchy Breathes New Life Into Local Landmark

May 24, 2016

                                         A local landmark has been brought back to life this month following a comprehensive programme of repair, refurbishment and restoration works by the Duchy of Lancaster.  Amicia Tenement on the Duchy’s Crewe …

Historic Year For The Barmote Courts

May 18, 2016

2016 is already proving to be an exciting year for the 700-year old Barmote Court in Wirksworth, Derbyshire. External repairs and internal decoration work are underway on the historic Moot Hall, built here in the early …

Duchy To Bring Prime Industrial/Commercial Space to Market

May 13, 2016

  The Duchy of Lancaster is bringing to market a purpose-built industrial/warehouse unit in one of the country’s most central locations. The large, premium quality warehouse, associated offices and delivery yard occupied by British heating …

Lancastrians Toast ‘The Queen, The Duke of Lancaster!’

April 28, 2016

            The Duchy of Lancaster was delighted to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday in the company of the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, representatives of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry, and cadets from Stonyhurst College at …

Fine Dining At New Oxford House, Birmingham

April 25, 2016

One of Birmingham’s finest dining establishments has taken up residence at New Oxford House on Waterloo Street, in the heart of the city centre. After taking 5,600 sq ft of accommodation in the Art Deco building …

Financial Analyst Joins Duchy Team

April 21, 2016

  The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed a senior Financial Analyst to strengthen its finance team and to spearhead the drive for the highest quality management information systems, as well as providing valuable support to …

Duchy Invests in Agriculture

April 15, 2016

  The Duchy of Lancaster has invested over £61,000 in the development of a new steel-frame livestock building at Lower Castle Hayes Farm on the Needwood Estate in Staffordshire. The new barn replaces the former …

Ted's Grooming Room Open For Business

April 5, 2016

               Brettenham House on the Strand received an executive facelift this month with the arrival of the Ted Baker Grooming Room at 19 Lancaster Place on 10th March. The new arrival was enthusiastically received by …

Duchy Standard Restores Red Lion

March 31, 2016

  Following an extensive refurbishment in accordance with the new Duchy Design Standard, Red Lion Farmhouse in Weston has been let to a new tenant family prior to practical completion.  The new tenants first viewed …

Live/Work Flourishes In Hanbury

March 21, 2016

The Duchy’s converted barns development at Hanbury Grange on the Needwood estate in Staffordshire provides workshop and/or office space as well as luxury living accommodation to its tenants. This live/work combination has allowed one tenant to …

Sharing Best Practice - Worldwide

March 14, 2016

 One of the key objectives of the Duchy is to encourage the next generation of farmers to examine best practice in new and innovative farming methodologies across the world. We are therefore delighted that the …

Next Phase of Works Underway at Lancaster Castle

February 29, 2016

The next 12-month schedule of repair, restoration and improvement works is underway at Lancaster Castle. Following a competitive tender process, York-based specialist contractors William Anelay have been appointed to carry out the £1.4m contract which will be …

Full Steam Ahead For Lowther House, Pickering

February 19, 2016

              It’s full steam ahead at Lowther House in Pickering as new Duchy tenants Kimberley and Allan Brereton prepare for the upcoming return of the Flying Scotsman to the North Yorkshire Railway. The legendary locomotive …

Five-Star Rating For Holiday Cottages

February 19, 2016

             The last 12 months have been a great success for the Duchy of Lancaster’s holiday cottages at Scalby Lodge near Scarborough, with over 70 per cent average occupancy rates throughout the year and a …

Access Restored To Dunraven Bay

February 19, 2016

As the owner of more than 36,000 hectares of foreshore around its historic estates, the Duchy of Lancaster is often approached for permissions to carry out essential remedial and improvement works. Last year, this included a …

2015

Six of the best for Christmas

December 22, 2015

The refurbishment of six of the Duchy’s rural residential properties to incorporate the Duchy Design Guide has been completed this month and all properties are let and will be occupied in time for Christmas. A mix …

London's Strand Lights Up For Christmas

December 4, 2015

 The Strand has been decorated with its own Christmas lights for the very first time, thanks to the Northbank BID and support from local businesses.  This is the latest in a series of initiatives led …

Duchy Farmer Named Dairy Innovator of 2015

November 25, 2015

 A former Duchy Scholar has been named Dairy Innovator of the Year at the 2015 British Farming Awards. Mark Verity has lived on the Duchy’s Whitewell estate in Lancashire all his life and in recent years …

Willow Cottage Hits The Mark

November 10, 2015

  When Willow Cottage on the Duchy of Lancaster’s Crewe Estate became available, local resident Angela Bamford was keen to move in as soon as possible. Once the Duchy team had completed the refurbishment of …

Duchy Acquires Waitrose Store in Coulsdon

October 21, 2015

  In line with its strategy of investing in a diverse range of commercial opportunities in key locations, the Duchy of Lancaster has acquired a Waitrose food store comprising 17,000 square feet in the commuter …

2,000 acres in Lincolnshire

October 9, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster continues to invest in agriculture, with the purchase of a further high quality farm in rural Lincolnshire. The acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy to increase both the quantum and …

Sale of 81 Fountain Street, Manchester

September 13, 2015

 The Duchy of Lancaster has sold its interest in the freehold of a prestigious 8-storey office building in the heart of Manchester city centre to Mercer Real Estate Partners Fund II (MREPII). The sale is …

Duchy News Summer 2015

September 9, 2015

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Slowing the Flow in Pickering

September 8, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster is supporting the installation of new flood defences on its Pickering Estate in North Yorkshire. Plans put forward in 2013 for a £2m scheme designed to ‘slow the flow’ of floodwaters …

Barn Owl Success

August 21, 2015

Barn owl chicks have been found nesting at the Duchy’s Hanbury Grange property in Staffordshire for the second consecutive year. Two new chicks were discovered in the box two weeks ago by the Staffordshire …

Lancashire Hot Spot

August 7, 2015

A 19th century cottage in the heart of Dunsop Bridge is the first to be refurbished to the Duchy’s new quality standard for residential properties. The refurbishment included interior and exterior decoration, and the installation …

Supporting Growth In Dairy Farming

July 31, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed to allow one of its tenant farmers in Cheshire to almost double the size of his land-holding from the Duchy.  The agreement forms part of an existing strategy to …

Duchy Acquires Manchester Industrial Estate

July 28, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has acquired an industrial estate in Greater Manchester in its third commercial investment since the start of the year. Wardley Industrial Estate lies five miles to the North West of Manchester city …

Hive of Activity

July 17, 2015

Following the launch of the Duchy’s new Beekeeping Grant last year, a number of families across the country have taken up the challenge and are now actively keeping bees. For many this is a real family …

Duchy of Lancaster Streamlines Rural Surveys

July 14, 2015

The holdings of the Duchy of Lancaster have traditionally been administered in six separate units, known as Surveys. These have included five Rural Surveys (Lancashire, Yorkshire, Crewe and South, Needwood and Eastern) covering approximately 18,433 …

Staffordshire Farms Supporting Sustainability

July 1, 2015

With the support of the Duchy of Lancaster, tenant farmers across Staffordshire are embracing new and sustainable energy sources. Green biomass systems and the generation of electricity from photovoltaic (PV) panels are just two of …

New Letting At Savoy Street

June 26, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has re-let part of its commercial premises in Savoy Street to international recruitment consultants Saxton Bampfylde Hever (SBH) for a 10-year term. The first floor office accommodation was previously let to London …

Investing for the future in Cheshire

June 22, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster is to invest £300,000 in its residential properties across the Cheshire Survey. Specialist contractors Ian Williams Ltd and Midlands-based building company Think Contracts have been appointed to carry out a programme …

Duchy invites views on proposed new homes for Harrogate

June 16, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster is inviting the people of Harrogate to a public exhibition at The Sun Pavilion on Friday 19th June 2015 to view proposals for a new development scheme at Cornwall Road. The proposals …

Her Majesty The Queen Visits Duchy of Lancaster

June 4, 2015

Earlier this month, we were delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to Lancashire as part of the celebrations to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the creation of the Duchy of Lancaster. Her Majesty’s visit …

High Sheriffs Installed Across The County Palatine

May 5, 2015

Her Majesty The Queen as Duke of Lancaster has appointed Her new High Sheriffs for the County Palatine. Mrs Amanda Jane Parker JP will serve as High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mrs Sharman Birtles JP DL is …

Duchy to invest in new £2m model farm for Cloughton

April 22, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster is continuing to invest in the future of agriculture, pledging around £1.6m to develop a £2m purpose-built model farm on a greenfield site near Scarborough. Tenant farmer Joe Green has lived and …

Duchy of Lancaster appoints in-house Communications Manager

April 15, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed the appointment of Deborah Garritty as its first in-house Communications Manager. Deborah, who has over 30 years’ experience in senior communications roles for clients in the planning, property and …

Duchy completes £130,000 eco-heating project

April 1, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the installation of a £130,000 eco-friendly heating system at a farm property on its Needwood Estate. The innovative biomass system will provide heating and hot water for both residential and …

Duchy’s Ripon Road development fully-let

March 27, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster’s £2million residential development in Harrogate is now fully occupied less than six months after its completion. All 13 apartments at 11 Ripon Road have been let by Harrogate-based agents Linley & Simpson. The …

Duchy completes renovation of Grade II Listed farmhouse

March 18, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the extensive refurbishment of a Grade II Listed farmhouse in Cheshire. Located in Barthomley and forming part of the Duchy’s Crewe Estate, the work on Mill Farm included a complete …

Duchy targets further acquisitions following £10.6m investment

February 20, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster is targeting further commercial property investment following the £10.6m acquisition of 175,000 sq ft of space at the Estuary Commerce Park in Speke, Liverpool. The Duchy has acquired two modern properties – …

Duchy completes London residential refurbishment

February 17, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has recently completed the internal refurbishment of a residential property at 19 Buckingham Street, London WC2N. The two flats, located in a beautiful Grade II listed property on a quiet street hidden …

Derbyshire’s Andrew, 19, awarded Duchy of Lancaster scholarship

February 12, 2015

Andrew Gregory-Campeau has been selected as the first Duchy of Lancaster scholar at Harper Adams University. Second year Agriculture with Mechanisation student Andrew, 19, receives £2,500 in the current academic year to support his studies. Andrew, from …

Duchy sponsors Forest of Bowland AONB Awards

January 19, 2015

A former headteacher was presented with the Duchy of Lancaster-sponsored Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s Forest of Bowland AONB Awards. Since moving to the village of Bleasdale 25 years ago, Jean Fone has variously been …

Duchy of Lancaster launches new holiday cottages website

January 10, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has launched a new website dedicated to helping visitors find information on its growing portfolio of holiday cottages. The new site – www.duchyoflancasterholidaycottages.co.uk – features a sleek, simple navigation system that makes …

Duchy supports Greater Manchester church renovation project

January 5, 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has donated to a campaign to help renovate a church in the village of Hopwood, Greater Manchester. Essential repair work will begin in January after St John Evangelist Church raised …

2014

Bolton wrestling club receives royal support

November 11, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has awarded Bolton Olympic Wrestling club a £500 grant following its success at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The club has roots dating back more than 90 years and has produced …

Duchy tenants celebrate MBE

November 10, 2014

Duchy of Lancaster tenants Geoff and June Wothers enjoyed a trip to Buckingham Palace to see their scientist son awarded an MBE. Dr Peter Wothers, 45, was presented with the MBE for services to chemistry by …

Golden year as Scalby Lodge scoops five more awards

October 14, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Scalby Lodge holiday cottages have been awarded five Gold Awards by holiday rental website, Cottages4You. Five properties on the Duchy’s tourism site, Mulgrave, Fortescue, Fell, Harrowby and The Barn, were each recognised …

Willows thrives as new tenant moves in

October 3, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed three new 15-year leases with managed document service provider, Citydocs, at its conveniently located small business park on the Willows, London. Citydocs has signed three individual leases on four units, …

Ventia takes a new 10-year lease on the Savoy Estate

September 29, 2014

Commercial property management company, Ventia, has signed a new 10 year lease on office space in the Duchy of Lancaster’s prestigious building at 9 Savoy Street, London. Ventia, which operates serviced offices across London, Bristol and …

11 Ripon Road: Practically Complete

September 12, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has taken practical completion of 11 Ripon Road which comprises 13 high quality properties in Harrogate. The development includes a refurbishment of a Victorian villa, renamed Granville House, to create four apartments, …

Five star success for Duchy holiday homes

August 28, 2014

Two holiday cottages in the Duchy of Lancaster’s Scalby Lodge development have been awarded five star ratings by Visit Britain tourism board’s Quality in Tourism scheme. Both the Fortescue and Scarborough cottages have been awarded the …

Duchy News Summer 2014

August 26, 2014

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Duchy of Lancaster appoints new head of rural

August 26, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed the appointment of Christopher Sparrow to head up its rural portfolio. Christopher has spent the last 10 years working for The Duke of Buccleuch as estate manager for the …

Duchy invests in restoration works at Savoy Chapel

July 31, 2014

As part of the quinquennial program of works at the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, the Duchy’s investment in and commitment to the future of the Chapel continues this summer, with two substantial pieces of …

Scalby Lodge shortlisted for White Rose Award

July 17, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Scalby Lodge Holiday Cottages have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards 2014. Scalby Lodge has been nominated in the Self Catering category, less than two years after the Duchy invested £3million …

Duchy of Lancaster invests in distribution premises

June 19, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the acquisition of Units A and B, Walker Park, Blackburn for £10.738m, reflecting a capital value per square foot of £23.30. Walker Park is a strategic warehouse distribution location immediately …

Duchy appoints Linley & Simpson for Harrogate development

June 16, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed award-winning letting agents Linley & Simpson to market its new residential development in Harrogate. Linley & Simpson – one of Yorkshire’s leading independent letting agencies – is inviting enquiries for …

Duchy ‘Tops Out’ Harrogate residential project

May 12, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s sustainable residential development in Harrogate has ‘topped out’ and remains on target for completion later this summer. 11 Ripon Road, which is owned and managed by the Queen’s Estate, is being converted …

Duchy of Lancaster announces four new senior appointments

April 28, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed four new senior appointments to the roles of head of commercial property, head of project management, and two consultants on development planning and investments in the North West respectively. Mike …

Duchy of Lancaster welcomes new High Sheriffs into office

April 28, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has welcomed three new High Sheriffs for Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Dr James Barry Johnson (High Sheriff of Lancashire), Abila Pointing MBE, DL (High Sheriff of Merseyside) and Paul Anthony Lee, …

Plan Bee: Duchy announces new Beekeeping Grant

April 23, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced a new Beekeeping Grant to encourage its farm tenants to support the country’s rapidly declining bee population. The Duchy of Lancaster is offering start up support for tenants or interested …

Duchy selects new national PR firm

March 14, 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed the appointment of The BIG Partnership, one of the UK’s largest public relations and digital media agencies. Founded in 2000, The BIG Partnership now operates out of five offices across …

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall In Final Funding Push

January 29, 2014

Love Music campaign to aims to raise £1million for the venue refurbishment in 2014   The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has launched a campaign to raise the final £1million it needs to undertake the much anticipated £12 …

2013

Lettings Complete at Wellington House

November 26, 2013

Lettings Complete at Wellington House The Duchy of Lancaster has successfully let the first floor of its prime central London office development, Wellington House, to …

Duchy announces awards for agricultural students

November 15, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced a new student award scheme as part of its wider commitment to securing the future of Britain’s farming industry. Students taking degree courses in agriculture at Harper Adams …

Duchy lets space at New Oxford House

November 1, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed two lettings at New Oxford House to After Adoption and What's On Magazine, both taking 5 year leases. Jones Lang LaSalle acted on behalf of the landlord. Located on Waterloo …

Purchase of Quadring Fen Farm

October 29, 2013

In 2010 the Duchy of Lancaster announced that, as part of an improvement plan for its agricultural land holdings, an investment would be made in the acquisition of higher quality farmland to add to its …

Duchy Lets Space at 81 Fountain Street

October 24, 2013

Four tenants have been signed up at 81, Fountain Street, Manchester. 81, Fountain Street is a prestigious eight-storey office building in the heart of the city, just a short walk from Manchester Town Hall. The building …

Duchy lets third floor of Wellington House

September 16, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has successfully let the third floor of its prime central London office development, Wellington House. The letting is to a strategic communications and reputation management company and sees them taking 5,553 sq …

Duchy registers historic land rights

August 22, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster is in the process of registering its historic manorial mineral ownership following a change to the law governing land registration. The Land Registration Act of 2002 set a deadline of October 2013 …

The future is green for Rushden Golf Club

July 8, 2013

Rushden Golf Club is set to tee off a weekend of celebration to mark a new 18-hole course. The course, just outside Rushden near Northampton has been extended from its original 10 holes to the full …

Duchy News Summer 2013

June 14, 2013

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Duchy announces final Meremoor Farm letting

June 4, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has let the final cottage at Meremoor Farm Barns near Weston in Crewe, just over six months after the development was completed. The final letting was completed on June 3 by managing …

The Duchy launches Scalby Lodge

June 3, 2013

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, formally opened a scheme of 15 holiday properties, offering luxurious accommodation on the edge of the elegant seaside town of Scarborough. The existing farm buildings at Scalby Lodge …

Dewynters takes space at Wellington House

April 22, 2013

Dewynters, one of the world's leading live arts and entertainment marketing specialists has relocated and taken space over three floors at the newly refurbished Wellington House on the Strand. The company, which is moving from Leicester …

DoLHT exhibits home plans for Draycott in the Clay

April 11, 2013

The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust has announced an exhibition highlighting its plans for six new high-quality, affordable homes at Draycott in the Clay that will be for local people. The Trust is exhibiting its plans …

Lancaster Castle opens for Easter

March 27, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that Lancaster Castle will open its doors for a series of public tours this Easter weekend, to include various parts of the former prison site. The tours, from Lancashire County …

Duchy of Lancaster appoints new CEO

March 13, 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Thompson, who will start in post from August 2013. Nathan trained as a Chartered Surveyor and brings with him 25 years …

Queen’s chapel welcomes Brandenburg Choral Festival

March 7, 2013

The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy has thrown open the doors to welcome the Brandenburg Choral Festival to the chapel for a series of concerts throughout March and April. The annual Brandenburg Choral Festival is a …

Business Thrives in Bermondsey

January 23, 2013

Providing tenants with excellent access to London city centre, The Duchy of Lancaster has let the last of its business units on the Willows development to Tangram Architects.  Commercial property consultants Frankis Porter and Drivers …

2012

Thousands turn out for castle exhibition

November 7, 2012

Duchy of Lancaster welcomes more than 2,200 to community consultation event An overwhelming response to the Duchy of Lancaster’s invitation to the city’s residents saw more than 2,200 people turn out to give their views on …

Duchy News Autumn 2012

November 6, 2012

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Duchy invites views on plans for Lancaster Castle

October 22, 2012

Duchy invites views on plans for Lancaster Castle Public exhibition dates and website launch   The Duchy of Lancaster is opening Lancaster Castle to the public later this month, inviting people to view plans for its future use. …

Duchy completes Wellington House refurbishment

September 21, 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster's £9m refurbishment of Wellington House, Strand in the heart of London has been completed on schedule with 40,000 sq ft of premium grade A office space now available. Prominently located in Midtown …

Plans for Lancaster Castle move closer

September 18, 2012

Plans for Lancaster Castle move a step closer Following a six-month study by heritage experts Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) and workshops with key stakeholders, potential plans for Lancaster Castle have moved a step closer. Ideas and concepts …

Witches dungeon to open to the public

August 6, 2012

To mark the 400th anniversary of the trials of the Lancashire witches this month, The Duchy of Lancaster will be opening the infamous Witches’ dungeon at Lancaster Castle to the public. Built in around 1325, the …

Duchy of Lancaster CEO to stand down

July 30, 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced that Paul Clarke, CEO and Clerk of the Duchy Council will be standing down when his term of office expires in August 2013. Mr. Clarke has been in post since …

Students celebrate winning Duchy schools’ competition

July 20, 2012

Nine Lancashire students are celebrating after winning first prize in the Duchy of Lancaster’s Diamond Jubilee schools’ competition. More than 100 children in years seven, eight and nine entered the contest, the prize for which …

The Duchy nears completion of Winmarleigh sales

June 21, 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that it is close to completing the sale of all seven farms which formed part of its 2,000-acre Winmarleigh estate. The sales form part of the Duchy’s wider strategy to …

Construction starts at Scalby Lodge

June 8, 2012

In a major boost to the local economy in North Yorkshire, work is underway to deliver a £2.5 million holiday-cottage development at Scalby Lodge in Scarborough. Eleven cottages, a reception building and leisure …

Duchy of Lancaster registers historic land rights

June 7, 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster is in the process of registering its historic manorial mineral ownership following a change to the law governing land registration. The Land Registration Act of 2002 set a deadline of October …

Duchy News Spring 2012

May 25, 2012

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The Duchy announces new tour of Lancaster Castle

May 25, 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that it will be running a special tour of Lancaster Castle to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations from 2nd – 5th June 2012. In partnership with the Lancashire County …

Unseen areas of Lancaster Castle to be revealed

April 4, 2012

Previously unseen areas of Lancaster Castle will be opened up to the public for the first time in over 50 years this Easter weekend. The Duchy of Lancaster, which owns the site, is working with …

Schools’ competition still open for entries

April 4, 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that there’s still time for Lancashire schools to enter its competition and commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Aimed at pupils in years 7 to 11 at secondary schools across …

Heritage experts to progress plans for Lancaster Castle

February 6, 2012

After taking possession of Lancaster Castle on 11th January, The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed specialist heritage consultants to help shape the future of the landmark building. Over the next six months, Malcolm Reading Consultants …

2011

The Duchy makes major agricultural investment

November 21, 2011

Affirming its commitment to the agricultural market, The Duchy of Lancaster has made a multi million pound investment in prime agricultural land in Lincolnshire.  The Duchy has purchased a 1,017-acre farm in Donington, near Spalding, via …

Duchy News Autumn 2011

November 14, 2011

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Richard Decker named Chorister of the Year

November 14, 2011

A young chorister from The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy has been named as BBC Radio 2’s Chorister of the Year for 2011. 13-year old Richard Decker has been part of the choir at The …

Affordable housing scheme moves a step closer

November 7, 2011

The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust - set up by The Duchy of Lancaster to invest in and administer affordable, residential accommodation for local residents – has agreed a lease with Ribble …

The Duchy invests in Grade A office space

November 7, 2011

The Duchy of Lancaster is creating 40,000 sq ft of Grade A office space in the heart of London with a £9million refurbishment of Wellington House located on its Savoy estate. Prominently located …

Historic farming festival comes to Crewe

October 11, 2011

Barthomley on The Duchy of Lancaster’s Crewe Estate will play host to one of the North West’s most popular farming festivals on 28th September 2011. The Cheshire Ploughing and Hedgecutting Society will be holding its …

Artist chosen to design Jubilee window

July 28, 2011

  Douglas Hogg in his studio (photo courtesy of the Tweedale Press)                                           An artist from Gordon in Berwickshire has been chosen to design a new stained glass window in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Douglas …

Final results year ended March 31st, 2011

July 18, 2011

The Duchy of Lancaster has today announced its financial results for the year ended March 31st 2011. During the year: Net operating income up by 7.9% to £13.9m The net surplus remained virtually unchanged at £13.3m Net …

The Duchy sets the scene

July 13, 2011

Woodland at Jackson’s Bank on The Duchy of Lancaster’s Needwood Estate has played host to a dramatic battle scene which has been filmed for an ambitious short film on World War II. Directed and produced …

Affordable housing approved

July 13, 2011

The Duchy of Lancaster’s plans to bring twelve high quality ‘lifetime’ homes to Dunsop Bridge has been approved by the local planning authority. Work is now expected to begin on site in the middle of …

Vision for Cloughton submitted

July 13, 2011

The Duchy of Lancaster’s vision for the future of Cloughton has now been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council in the form of an outline planning application. The application, which has been the subject of ongoing …

Duchy welcomes new tenant

July 13, 2011

The Duchy of Lancaster has welcomed its seventh tenant to Crewe Hall Farm, a contemporary office development located just three miles from junction 16 of the M6. 2X Software, which provides virtual computing software, has …

Duchy Schools' Competition

July 13, 2011

High schools across Lancashire have been invited to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by taking part in a competition masterminded by The Duchy of Lancaster. The Diamond Jubilee year in 2012 …

Senior Duchy Appointment

July 13, 2011

Following a rigorous selection process, The Duchy of Lancaster is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Crow to a new in-house position as Head of Legal Services. Mr Crow, who has been serving as …

Upper Linbrook Farm

July 13, 2011

The Duchy of Lancaster is supporting the growth and development of sustainable rural communities across Staffordshire by bringing historic farm buildings back to life. Restored and converted into high quality office space, buildings such as …

Duchy News Spring 2011

May 20, 2011

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