Admiral Lord Anson and Shugborough Hall

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    Malcolm Lewis
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      George Anson was born at Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire in April 1697. The property is now manged by the National Trust. I am interested to know if there are any major items on display at Shugborough relating to the Admiral’s career to make a visit worthwhile.
      I have seen a reference to “The Anson Room” at the Hall. Perhaps anyone who has visited might care to comment.
      Many thanks.

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      J.D. Davies
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        I gave a talk to the NT volunteers at Shugborough a few weeks back, and also had a private tour of the house. There is indeed an Anson room, and more than enough naval and related material to make a visit very worthwhile.

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        Sam Willis
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          Thanks David/Malcolm,

          I knew about Shugborough but was wondering if there is another similar location that contains lots of naval material, or possibly an archive?…Any ideas?

          Sam

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          Malcolm Lewis
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            It is difficult to recall any grand houses with lots of naval material. Mountbatten’s house Broadlands at Romsey may qualify although any models relate to the ships he served in.
            Wilton House near Salisbury is the seat of the Earl of Pembroke and has a beautiful contemporary model of the 70 gun St George of 1692. Little was made of this model when I visited some 10 years ago – not even its name and origins. R.C.Anderson in his book Seventeenth Century Rigging 1955, describes the restoration of the model he carried out and its importance as a reference to ship’s rigging of the period. I saw nothing else in the house of historic naval content as I recall.

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