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F.E. Smith, the first Lord Birkenhead and his wife Margaret first came to Charlton in 1907 where they leased a farm house. Having studied and worked at Oxford University, F.E. had developed a great love of the area. Over the following years the few horse paddocks were bought and the house was bought and greatly extended, creating “the Cottage”. The heyday of the Cottage was the 1920-30s when it became a real country house hosting many country house parties for a fascinating range of people. Winston Churchill was great friends with F.E. and was a frequent visitor over many years. In 1930 F.E. died, aged 58 yrs and his son Freddie became the 2nd Lord Birkenhead.

It wasn't until after the Second World War that the 2nd Lord Birkenhead and his wife, Sheila, started acquiring some of the surrounding land. In 1960s Newbottle Manor and some 200 acres of land was purchased. Over the following years the holding gradually grew along with the purchase of cottages. In 1975 the 2nd Lord Birkenhead died but his wife and increasingly their son Robin, the 3rd Lord Birkenhead, continued to grow the Estate as opportunities arose.

In 1984, Aged just 49, Robin, the 3rd Lord Birkenhead, died from a heart attack and soon after Sheila began to get ill. At this stage the title disappeared and Lady Juliet, Robins younger sister, and her husband, John, stepped in and began to run the Estate. They have made their own additions to the estate over the last 25 years. The Estate is still run by the family with day to day management of the Estate being dealt with by Alice Townsend, John and Juliet’s daughter. Their other 2 daughters, Eleanor and Margaret come down from London for weekends with their families.

 

 

Lady Juliet Townsend D.C.V.O
1941 – 2014

Please click here to view Lady Juliet Townsend obituary that was published in the Telegraph newspaper.

 

 

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