Lancaster Castle Remembers The Fallen

The Duchy of Lancaster has lent its support to a new fundraising campaign which hopes to raise over £15m for armed forces and mental health charities. The ‘There But Not There’ campaign launched this month will see the installation of life-sized ‘cut-out’ sculptures of WWI soldiers in iconic locations across the UK – and one of the first to be unveiled is at Lancaster Castle.

The six-foot-high ‘Tommies’ are part of a nationwide art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. The figures first captured the public’s attention when they were revealed at the Tower of London, the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, Big Pit National Coal Museum in Wales and Heart of Midlothian Football Club in Scotland earlier this year.

Alongside the standing figures placed in high profile public locations, local community groups, such as schools, businesses, places of worship and village halls will be given the opportunity to host their own ‘silhouette installations’. These silhouettes, which are different in shape to the standing Tommy, are designed to fit into seated spaces and were inspired by an art installation created by Martin Barraud at Penshurst Church in Kent in 2016.

Those who wish to support the charity in remembering the fallen will be able to purchase smaller commemorative figures available online. At the end of the campaign, all monies raised will be distributed evenly between The Royal Foundation: Heads Together, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes: Hidden Wounds, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans.

Commenting on the campaign, Duchy Chief Executive Nathan Thompson said: “This is such a wonderful cause and we are delighted that Lancaster Castle has been chosen to play a part in this centenary year of the end of the Great War. The Tommy figure is both moving and inspirational and we hope that as many people as possible will get to see it in situ.”

The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth added: “The There But Not There campaign is a hugely worthwhile cause, honouring those men – local and afar – who made the ultimate sacrifice and raising money for those in need today. We want the whole community to show their support for the charity during this important year of commemoration.”

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Duchy Offers Exciting New Farming Opportunity To Market

Later this month the Duchy of Lancaster will bring to market a significant farm holding providing farmers with a rare opportunity to secure a large, well equipped mixed arable and grassland farm in a commanding position overlooking Scarborough Castle and the Yorkshire Coast.

Part of the Duchy’s Cloughton Estate, Ripley’s Farm extends to some 631 acres (225 hectares) and includes a substantial 6-bedroomed farmhouse as well as a number of good quality farm buildings suitable for a wide variety of uses. Around 65% of the land is currently down to arable cropping with the remaining grassland currently used for cattle grazing and forage production.

The steading is situated approximately two miles to the north west of Burniston village and five miles from Scarborough benefitting from excellent transport and communication links.

Commenting on the decision to offer the tenancy to the open market, the Duchy’s Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “It is very rare that we have the opportunity to offer such a substantial and well equipped farm to the market as many of our farming tenants remain in these agricultural properties for several generations. Ripley’s Farm is in an excellent and attractive location and has been beautifully maintained by the outgoing tenants.

“We anticipate high levels of interest in the letting and are looking forward to choosing the right applicant. Tenant relationships are very important to us and we will be looking for someone with first-class farming and business skills and a proven track record of sustainable soil and biodiversity management. The successful applicant will also be someone keen to play an active part in the life of the local community for many years to come.”

Available to let as a whole on a 10-year FBT, the Duchy has instructed Savills to manage the marketing process. Initial viewing dates have been set for Wednesday 16th and Friday 25th May and the closing date for tenders is Friday 29th June 2018.

To register your interest, request further information or book attendance at the viewings, please contact David Steel at Savills Clitheroe office (telephone: 01200 411051 / 07768 953332 email:

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Snowy ‘Staycations’ Proving Popular

The Duchy of Lancaster’s luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire and Lancashire have had a record year to March despite – or perhaps because of – the exceptional wintry weather during the last few months.

In Yorkshire and Lancashire many well-loved beauty spots were literally transformed into a winter wonderland overnight. Those who dared to brave the elements were able to enjoy exhilarating walks across the snow-covered open countryside culminating in a warm welcome from local hostelleries and restaurants. For those who preferred to remain indoors, the triple-glazed windows, ambient under-floor heating, large comfortable sofas and wood-burning stoves in each of the cottages provided a snug and cosy retreat from the rigours of the ‘beast from the east’.

Winter ‘stay-at-home’ breaks are increasingly popular in the UK due in part to fluctuating currency markets and concerns around Brexit. Many industry experts predict that ‘staycations’ will continue to rise as British people look to minimise travel time and maximise value for money.

The Duchy of Lancaster operates a total of 17 4- and 5-star holiday cottages in areas of outstanding natural beauty across its Lancashire and Yorkshire estates, including the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire and the clifftops above the Cleveland Way in Yorkshire. For further information on the standard of accommodation available or to enquire about availability or make a booking please visit

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Duchy Join Forces With Chamberlain In Cheshire

The Duchy of Lancaster has entered into a joint venture agreement with Chamberlain Developments to restore a Grade II Listed farmhouse and develop a small number of disused farm buildings in the heart of leafy Cheshire.

Barthomley is a picturesque rural hamlet situated on the edge of the Duchy’s 1,380-hectare Crewe estate. It includes a number of seventeenth century black and white half-timbered cottages and buildings of local importance including Town House Farm, a brick-built Grade II listed property which was built in the early 18th century.  This large 7-bedroom farmhouse which has been owned by the Duchy since it acquired the Crewe estate in the 1930s is set in open countryside and includes a number of historic brick built barns and outbuildings.

The proposals put forward by Chamberlain Developments are for an exclusive development of eight prestige properties – seven luxury barn conversions and a full restoration of the original farmhouse. Work started on site in February 2018 and the scheme is expected to be completed by Summer 2019.

Commenting on the scheme, Duchy Head of Project Management Graeme Chalk said: “As a responsible and historic landlord, the Duchy is keen to ensure that any new development carried out in its name is of the highest quality design and specification. We want these homes to be sympathetic to their surroundings and heritage but to offer the comfort and convenience of a modern family home. A joint venture with the right partner allows us to remain involved throughout and to ensure that those high quality standards are achieved.”

Chamberlain Developments is a family-run business with over 20 years’ experience of building individually designed and award-winning homes for local buyers in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire. The properties at Town House Farm are expected to attract high levels of interest once released for sale, given the site’s unique combination of open countryside, access to local amenities and strong transport and communications links.

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