The Gentry is a history of England told through its families. This website contains family trees, a few maps and many images illustrating some of the background to the twelve families who carry the story of England in the book.

Read a sample chapter about Sir John Oglander, the 17th-century squire of Nunwell in the Isle of Wight, his life and family, his dreams and ambitions and the tragedies that struck him....

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Stephen Peckham
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Location: Cardiff, Wales
Date : Mon April 15, 2013, 10:31:10
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I have to thank you greatly for providing such a wealth of information on such a fascinating topic.There are two images that you featured that I was hoping to get a location on, those being:
www.thegentry.org.uk/hughes_photos23.html
and
www.thegentry.org.uk/hughes_photos21.html
Sourcing these images could be of a great use for a book I am currently helping to produce, so any help would be much appreciated!

Thank you for your time.
Judy Ruse
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Location: Clifford,Herefordshire,UK
Date : Mon April 15, 2013, 09:41:17
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

As you can see I live in Clifford so I am particuarly interested in the Cliffords chapter of the book. I imagine Clifford,Herefordshire is the ancestral home of the branch of the family at Frampton?Fair Rosamund is reputed to have spent time at the castle in Clifford village (now a ruin)Fascinating book,thank you.
John Livingston
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Location: Liverpool, U.K.
Date : Fri April 12, 2013, 17:53:59
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Oops! I have only just spotted that this site is run by the presenter of that programme - Adam Nicolson!
John Livingston
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Location: Liverpool, U.K.
Date : Fri April 12, 2013, 10:22:05
How you found us : Other

Just to inform Catherine Cox (see below) that she is bound to be interested in part 1 of BBC4's 3-part documentary series 'The Century That Wrote Itself'. The programme's third topic was the great letter-writer Harry Oxenden, who married farmer's daughter Kate Culling and consequently dropped in social standing.
Mario Lascelles
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Location: Vankleek Hill, Ontario, CANADA
Date : Fri February 15, 2013, 22:41:58
How you found us : Search Engine

Great to find info on the Lascelles... Little did I know that our ancestors did partake in slave trading...
Regards
Anthony Millard
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Location: Ewen
Date : Fri February 08, 2013, 20:43:19
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

Greatly enjoyed "Gentry", live close to Cliffords and knew them slightly when I was Headmaster of Wycliffe College. Also Shaun Parsons is our county councillor. Another link which may interest you is Pam Pollard, now 91 and former NT curator at Sissinghurst, introduced your father to us when he was researching Virginia Woolf. He visited us in Wells when I was deputy head at the Cathedral School, and again at Giggleswick where I was Headmaster, both linked to VW.
Marilyn Davis
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Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Date : Fri February 01, 2013, 15:11:24
How you found us : A link from another site

I found 'Gentry' in my local library this morning. I'm about to start writing an essay on late 16th/early 17th century gentry as part of an MA in W. Midlands History and the chapter on the Throckmortons is of particular interest. I was looking up the book on Google, to order my own copy, when I saw your website listed.
Your book is delightfully written and the website refreshingly accessible.
Catherine Cox
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date : Sat January 19, 2013, 04:24:20
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I got to this site from a link sent to me by my brother who lives in Barham, in Kent. He sent the link because I had just discovered (or realised the significance of) a family connection with the Oxenden family. (Henry - Harry- Oxenden's daughter Elizabeth's daughter Katherine Smythett married Simon Turner of Wingham...)
My comment on the website is that it is absolutely fascinating, and very generous with maps and pictures and information. My brother emailed me this morning to say he has ordered a copy of the book for me and it's on its way. I am greatly looking forward to reading it and learning about what the word 'gentry' means or meant in practice. And thank you for such a logical, generous webiste.
Douglas Henderson
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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Date : Sat December 29, 2012, 16:45:35
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

I have just read the book for the second time and had to express to you my gratitude and appreciation for what has been until recent history an obscure topic.Perhaps you could have mentioned the wild popularity of "The Field" and "Country Life" as an example of those who admire and attempt to emulate this way of life?A further suggestion: Scotland awaits where everyone above the postmistress (and sometimes even she!) thinks themselves gentle and well born....
Lorna Raynes
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Location: Sheffield, UK
Date : Wed October 31, 2012, 12:52:28
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

I can't thank you enough for this fascinating book and particularly the images which you have included on this website. They just add to the enjoyment. History teaches us such a lot.
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