On this day: A Lucky Escape for George!

Our team of research volunteers have been delving into the archives to learn more about Charlecote and the Lucy family. In this short post, we look a little more into George Lucy (1714-86) and a will that was written on this day in 1723…

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It’s hard to believe today, but George’s destiny was supposed to be as the Rector of Hampton Lucy, and not as the owner of the Charlecote Estate!

His uncle, Reverend William Lucy, had succeeded to the Charlecote Estate in 1721, when his childless brother, Colonel George Lucy, died. When William himself died in 1723, the succession would normally have gone to his younger brother, Fulke. However William had little time for his brother, who was a heavy drinker and gambler, but was fond of his sons, Thomas and George, and had taken them under his wing to ensure they were well educated and not badly influenced by their father.

Oil painting on canvas, The Reverend William Lucy (1673/4 -1723)byJonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 ¿ London 1745). A three-quarter-length portrait, seated to right, wearing clerical dress, of theRector of Hampton Lucy and Prebendary of Wells Cathedral. His gloved left hand is on astick and a hat and glove are held in his right. He married Frances, daughter of Henry Balguy of Derwent, Derbyshire and succeeeded to Charlecote in 1721.

Oil painting on canvas, The Reverend William Lucy (1673/4 -1723) by Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745).  The Rector of Hampton Lucy and Prebendary of Wells Cathedral.


When he wrote his will on 28th January 1723, he disinherited his brother in favour of his nephews. Fulke was already in receipt of an annuity of £150 (about £13,000 today) from his brother, to be paid for the rest of his natural life, and this was reconfirmed in the will along with an inheritance of £500 (£43,000 today) on condition that Fulke would not mount a legal challenge, in which case he would lose both the annuity and the inheritance.

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‘Sing Lousy Lucy’: Shakespeare and the roes of Charlecote

We’re sharing another blog post today that has been written by Bettina Harris, Library Support Assistant at Shakespeare Institute Library. The University of Birmingham’s world-renowned research and reference collection on English Renaissance literature is housed at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

This post explore the link we have here at Charlecote with the famous bard…

‘Sing Lousy Lucy’: Shakespeare and the roes of Charlecote

Charlecote, the seat of the Lucy family, and the first, very large country house known to have been built in Warwickshire in the latter part of the 16th century, was begun in 1559 or 1560. It was of brick, the fashionable material of the day, and originally consisted of a main block, one room deep, and two projecting wings. A two-storied porch, decorated in the classical style, was added later. If viewed from above, the house then resembled  a large capital E lying on its side, and so it is supposed that the addition was in compliment to Queen Elizabeth I.


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Victorian Bakers on BBC2

Did you watch the first episode of Victorian Bakers last Tuesday?
We’re glad we did because we spotted a familiar face – food historian
(and friend of ours) Dr Annie Gray.

Annie came to Charlecote back in 2013 to advise us on our Victorian Kitchens. She also gave us some demonstrations in our historic space, showing a variety of venison dishes enjoyed by Victorians.

Annie Gray commanding the whole kitchen!

Annie Gray commanding the whole kitchen!

Annie Gray at Charlecote

Annie writes her own blog:  Musings on food and history.  She describes it as ‘musing, rantings and recipe research’… Follow the link to a post from Annie about Crammings. It is an interesting read! Continue reading