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31Jan

Justifying January.

Well, time flies when your having fun they say,…or caught up in christmas and new years antics (work)!
Sadly, Decembers blog was a little jumbled between the lot!! However, were back fighting fit and ready to rumble for what looks to be a brilliant year ahead at T.H.E!
We’ve had a amazing start since opening last year and have been overwhelmed by peoples responses to our beautiful venue … I know we may be bias, but theres a lot of passion behind all things T.H.E!!

I thought I’d start the year by sharing a little of our Bold Lady of Cheshire’s family history…

The feisty Mary Holford was born late 1562 or January 1563 to Christopher Holford and Elizabeth Mainwaring and christened on 20 January 1563… I thought this may be an apt start considering we are in January!

In around 1581, she married Sir Hugh Cholmondeley. The Cholmondeley family had held the lordship of Cholmondeley in Cheshire since the time of the Norman conquest.
The couple went on to have eight children, Robert, Hatton, Hugh, Thomas, Francis, Mary, Lettice, and Frances.

Their eldest son Robert was created a Baron on 29 June 1611 and High Sheriff of Cheshire in 1620. He served as MP for Cheshire in 1625, was created Viscount Cholmondeley of Kells (Ireland) in 1628, Baron Cholmondeley of Wich Malbank (i.e. Nantwich in Cheshire) 1 September 1645 and finally on 5 March 1646, he was created Earl of Leinster in Ireland. He did well for himself now didn’t he!! Brother Hugh, was the ancestor of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley and Thomas, was the ancestor of the Barons Delamere.

When Marys father died in 1581, she battled for her fathers estates against her half brother George Holford for 40 years and finally in 1620 there was an agreement where Mary received the ‘Holford Manor house’.
Sir Hugh sadly never got to see her win her battle when he died in 1601, but I’m sure he would have been very proud of the ‘Bolde Lady’.

 

 

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