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Lord Spencer in Parade Magazine: British Royals, Marriage and America

“Lord Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer and brother of the late Princess Diana, stopped in Manhattan on his way to California and met with Parade‘s Dotson Rader. Spencer, 50, lives part time in Los Angeles with his third wife, former model … Read more

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Althorp: The Estate that makes Downton Abbey Look ‘Downton Shabby’

Lord Spencer appeared on Oprah’s OWN Network on Sunday 5th April. Here he discusses the inner-workings on life at Althorp and how it compares to the estate featured on hit TV series ‘Downton Abbey’.
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The Design Tourist: High Point Market

Designer Karen LeBlanc heads to High Point Market where she meets Charles, 9th Earl Spencer and The Keno Bros. Read more

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English Accents

A recent article in Luxe Interiors + Design magazine features a Jacobean revival mansion furnished by Cindy Rinfret. Inspired by English architecture it features a light and optimistic interior and is highlighted by furnishings from our Althorp and Castle Bromwich … Read more

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Ad Victoriam – Trafalgar and the 2nd Earl Spencer

Earlier in January we posted about the new “Nine Earls” selection, signature pieces of furniture in tribute to and inspired by each of the successive Earls of Althorp who have helped to shape and define British history. These pieces will be available at selected Althorp Living History retailers in 2012.

The second in our series is the remarkable chair seen below which was originally crafted from actual timber taken from H.M.S. Victory, flagship of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
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Forager, the Faithful Hound

The British are renowned for their love of dogs and field sports, two passions that are combined in the poignant 19th century statue of Forager the foxhound that today stands in the Billiard Room at Althorp.

Study the image below of the Billiard Room at Althorp. Between the billiard table and the fireplace you will see the gleaming life-size form of a bronze hound. This is Forager, who lived and hunted in the dying days of the Victorian era. The oil painting hanging above the fireplace shows the man who commissioned the sculpture, John Poyntz, 5th Earl Spencer together with his wife Charlotte, Countess Spencer.

The statue is a commemorative piece, sentimental even. A keen fox hunter and master of the local Pytcheley Pack for many years, Earl Spencer’s devotion to hunting was such that the Althop records show that hunted five days a week during the 1876 – 1877 season. Forager was the 5th Earl Spencer’s favourite hound. Read more

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