Sue Berry: The Duke of Newcastle and his Political Allies
For five decades in the 18th century Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of both Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Newcastle-under-Lyme, used his family estates at Halland and Bishopstone to dominate the political scene in Sussex, and especially the borough of Lewes.
Politics in some ways has changed little; alliances between groups and individuals were as important in the 18th century as they are today. The key differences were the small electorates and the way in which MPs’ seats were managed. Sue Berry looks at the way in which the Duke, his allies amongst the local gentry and his ‘interest’ operated, and how they used their property and other means of influence.
Sue Berry has written many articles about the history of Sussex in the Sussex Archaeological Collections and in national journals. An Associate Fellow of the University of London Institute of Historical Research, she is currently completing the Victoria County History volume covering the City of Brighton and Hove.
As usual all will be welcome, and we will be serving coffee and biscuits before the meeting.
There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Meetings page for a list of forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.