My London Travels: Duke or no Duke?

Turned off a big busy London road to a small side street.

It was called:

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Almost straight away I saw this pub

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Hmmm… it was logical to assume that we are talking about the Duke of Devonshire here. Other signs confirmed it.

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Perhaps, this place used to be where the good Lord’s town estate used to be? Or his hunting grounds? Or something along these lines. The whole area is one way or another connected with the Cavendish family of which the Devonshires are the members…

And then I saw this inscription… right next to the pub’s door!

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Wow! I could JUST imagine …

A Duke, right?

Wikipedia: “This branch of the Cavendish family has been one of the richest and most influential aristocratic families in England since the 16th century, and has been rivalled in political influence perhaps only by the Marquesses of Salisbury and the Earls of Derby”. The title was given in the 17th century, but they were the nobility long before then).  That’s what they looked like:

The 4th Duke of Devonshire

The 4th Duke of Devonshire

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The 9th Duke

This is the current Duke:

The 12th Duke of Devonshire

The 12th Duke of Devonshire

Somehow – I don’t really know why – but I doubt that I was looking at his place of residence  there, just above the pub 🙂

 

I love London!

 

 

 

 

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