Author Archives: Debbie Garritty

Growing the Rural Team

Rural surveyor Lydia Richards MRICS joins the Duchy of Lancaster team this month, helping us to further develop our engagement with tenants across the rural estates. Lydia has spent the last four years working as an Assistant Land Agent on the Packington Estate in Worcestershire. She originally graduated from the University of Leeds with a […]

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Sustainable Future For Whitehall Bank Farm

A former dairy holding on the Duchy’s Needwood Estate in Staffordshire has been intelligently re-purposed and refurbished, creating a sustainable long-term future for the farmhouse, buildings and adjoining 160 acres of grazing land. Whitehall Bank Farm was home to the Bailey family for almost 20 years until the tenants decided to retire from farming in […]

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New Owners for Penkhull Village Hall

The efforts of local volunteers in the village of Penkhull near Stoke-on-Trent were rewarded in December when a new Community Trust took over the ownership of the local village hall with a little help from the Duchy of Lancaster. The hall was built in 1845 and originally served as a school for the poor. Set […]

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New Head of Urban Appointed

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed a new Head of Urban to take over from the current incumbent Mike Andrews who will be retiring at the end of the financial year. Adrian Bayliss joins the team after 10 years as a Director at Royal Mail Group Property and 9 years as Operations Director – Investments […]

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Annual Carol Service Moves Online

The Duchy’s annual Carol Service and reception at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy will take the form of a podcast this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions around large gatherings. The Carol Service is a much-loved institution bringing together staff, tenants, partners, members of Council and a large cross-section of the wider Duchy family in […]

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