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YORKE , SIMON ( 1903 - 1966 ) ,

the fifth descendant of that name from Simon Yorke ( 1606 - 1682 ), wholesale grocer of Dover , grandfather of Earl Hardwicke ; b. 24 June 1903 , eldest son of Philip Yorke ( 1849 - 1922 ), Erddig, Denbs. , and his second wife Louisa Matilda (née Scott ) . He was educated at Moorland House , Heswall ; Cheltenham College ; and Corpus Christi College , Cambridge . He graduated B.A. in forestry in 1927 . In 1922 he inherited Erddig near Wrexham . He was High Sheriff for Denbighshire in 1937 . Although he was a lieutenant in the Denbighshire Yeomanry , when World War II came he enlisted as a private soldier in the North Staffordshire Regiment . In accordance with his wishes he remained a sapper , without seeking or gaining promotion.

His relationship with his tenants was not a happy one. He refused them permission to have electricity nor a telephone on their farms. Although he was not a huntsman , he followed the hounds on his bicycle and he always knew where to find the fox. He was found d. of heart failure in Erddig Park , 7 May 1966 , and was buried in Marchwiel churchyard . He was a bachelor and d. intestate. Erddig was inherited by his brother Philip Scott Yorke ( 1905 - 1976 ).

Sources:

  • Merlin Waterson , The Servants’ Hall a domestic history of Erddig , London, 1980 (1980) ;
  • [ Oliver Garnett , Erddig , London, 1999 (1999) ].

Author:

John Gwilym Jones, Wrexham

Published date: 2001