The Preston resident with a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk and antique bookcase will no doubt feel a lot more privileged than David Brudenell-Bruce, who is currently living in a single room on a big estate, claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA).
They may feel differently when they discover the claimant is Lord David Michael James Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan and heir apparent to the Marquessate of Ailesbury. He is also the Viscount of Savernake, and the estate in question is the 4,500-acre Savernake Forest, the only privately owned forest in Britain. It is also the site of Tottenham House – a Grade I listed Palladian mansion co-owned, along with the rest of the estate, by the Earl and a board of trustees.
The aristocratic Old Etonian certainly does not eat from silver bowls at an antique dining table , as most Ribble Valley people would expect. In fact he tried to sell the bowls – not for food, but to boot out the trustees, retorting:
“I am not a down and out. I am merely down to my last stately home.”
Lord Bruce is currently living at a run-down lodge, with barely any heating and no hot water. He is now training to be an HGV driver, but if he needs an antique mahogany pedestal desk for his court correspondence, a Preston antique dealer should be able to help him out and show him some within his price range.
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