Monday, 10 January 2011

The Mayoral plate

A recent find in an antique shop, I bought this large decorative late Victorian plate made by Royal Worcester as I thought it looked interesting and I wasn't altogether sure what it was commemorating or the significance of the people depicted.   It turns out that this Royal Worcester plate was commissioned by Earl Beauchamp in 1896 to commemorate his year as Mayor of Worcester.  The plate shows the Earl and his wife Lady Mary Lydon.  They lived at Madresfield Court near Malvern.  The plates were given to the school children.  The Worcester Porcelain Museum has one, which you can see here

I had heard of Madresfield Court, and vaguely remembered a connection to 'Brideshead Revisited', so googled to find out more about the 7th Earl of Beauchamp, and found this very interesting book review in the Telegraph online.
Anyway I was quite amazed by all the history that was unearthed by looking up something on an old plate.

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