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 tea party

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A tea party


A tea party, in about 1908, outside the huge Palladian mansion of Baron Hill in Anglesey, at which an alert and bearded Edward VII looks at the photographer from among a bouquet of fragrant Edwardian ladies. In the foreground, a slightly louche figure, Sir Richard Williams Bulkeley, the owner of Baron Hill, half-lounges in an upholstered bamboo chair. Behind them all stands the tense and recessive figure of HRH, not princely but disengaged, unachieved, unrecognized by the world in which he had wanted to shine.

See The Gentry, p 337