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....

A view across the Kinmel estate

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A view across the Kinmel estate


A view across the Kinmel estate, bought by Edward Hughes in 1786 for £42,000, a beautiful slab of country lying across the borders of Denbighshire and Flintshire, on a range of limestone hills overlooking the coastal flats.

See The Gentry, pp 315