In Profile : The Lord Bowland

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Corporate feudalism with all the trimmings to hide the removal of rights

We have today a situation whereby what was set up to upkeep the British realm, has become the usurper of that realm. 

The Duke of Westminster is a member of the Order of the Garter,[a] and employed a strategy of a sinister nature in order he secure the deeds and lands for the estate of the late Earl of Peel.
Having achieved a base within the Forest of Bowland in securing the Peel Estate, and, after destroying his immediate neighbour, Owen Oysten,[b] he set about a scheme in which as a stakeholder through Grosvenor Estates, the Duke has moved to monopolise consumerism in order he can achieve the position of big stakeholder in areas in which Grosvenor Estates has a big stake, Liverpool One being the strategy employed in the City of Liverpool. He has Liverpool, he wants Preston, he used BAE Systems to blackmail Blackburn…  What a mess Lancashire has become since this leaping lord leapt from the Cheshire woods to defecate in the woods of Lancashire.

The Lord lieutenants of Cheshire are chosen by the Duchy of Lancaster, as such we gain further insight as to the role played by the Duke on behalf of the Queen, the joint head of the Order, because the Duchy of Lancaster is apportioned to the monarch, yet I believe the Prince of Wales administers it on her behalf which fits with my own past experience of this network in Lancashire.

We also have Peel Holdings, owners of the giant Trafford Centre, and Urban Splash operating in the same manner as Grosvenor Estates, Urban Splash having been appointed contracts worth £billions to re-develop and then own, large parts of Morecambe, Wales and Southport, facts I learned from the management while employed by them on the Midland Hotel in Morecambe some years ago. All three are presented as individual entities, but from what I was told when the management looked to recruit me on a permanent basis, Urban Splash is an entity born of Freemasonry with a single young chap as its corporate front.

During the mid 1990′s I experienced the power of this network as they invited me in via AMS Neve, a company owned by [James] Stuart Nevison who just happens to be a one-third shareholder in the corporate Hyndburn Council.[c] From this experience I understood without doubt, Stuart Nevison acts for the male head of the Order Prince Charles. 

Bowland has a rather sinister connection to the corporate Academy, Accrington Academy, a school implementing an insidious curriculum while gathering as many weak willed parents as they can to do all the work for them. The Academy connects with another school operating a very sinister strategy in how they deal with parents and use the children to drill they’re contingency doctrines, Peel Park Primary, with connections to the Queen direct.

Another point of note is the very dubious amalgamation of the Rossendale Masonic Lodges which seek to infest the whole of East Lancashire through their use of Muslim fronts, they call entrepreneurs, supported by the police, and very involved in the Free Schools popping up, from which they hope to energise the Muslim youth in the same manner as was achieved in Libya and Syria, keep your eyes out for them.

And of course we have this : Lancashire County Council is Owned by the Blues and Twos Credit Union Ltd

So what else is happening in the Forest of Bowland today, many years after the order moved in and changed everything :

Bowland Today
By Mike Harvey

Meet William Bowland, a feudal lord more interested in Bowland’s future than in obsessing about its past. Late last year, the headlines proclaimed that Bowland had a new feudal lord. It was reported that an anonymous buyer had acquired the Lordship of Bowland – an ancient title dating back almost a thousand years — for an undisclosed sum from Lord O’Hagan, a senior representative of the Towneley family.The Towneleys had owned much of the Forest of Bowland up until the Second World War having been Lords of Bowland since 1835. Apparently, it was only through a chance discovery by a researcher that the Towneleys came to realise that they owned the title at all. Until then, it had been believed that the Lord of Bowland was the Duke of Lancaster, Her Majesty The Queen, whose father had bought several thousand acres of the Forest – now known as the Whitewell Estate – in the late 1930s.

Journalists scrambled to track down the new Lord of Bowland. Under mounting pressure, the Manorial Society, which represents Britain’s 1,900 feudal lords and barons, finally released a statement confirming that the 16th Lord of Bowland was in fact a university don with historic family links to the area. But the Society stubbornly refused to name him. And there the trail went cold … until now.

“Links with our past are so often discarded without an appreciation of their worth” In the week before Easter, silence was once again broken when it was disclosed that the Lord of Bowland had chosen to exercise one of his ancient feudal rights and had revived the historic office of Bowbearer of the Forest of Bowland. According to press reports, local grandee Robert Parker of Browsholme Hall had been appointed Bowbearer. His ancestors had once been Bowbearers – high-ranking ceremonial officers who attended the Lord of Bowland and bore his bow during hunting — but not for almost 150 years. It was admitted that at least one Bowbearer, Nicholas Tempest, met a bloody end — hanged, drawn and quartered by Henry VIII. But we were assured that no such fate awaits Mr Parker in these enlightened times.

Instead, the 16th Lord bestowed a sumptuous grant upon Mr Parker who, in turn, appeared in the Clitheroe Advertiser proudly holding up that grant in it’s glittering gilt frame as he stood beneath the portrait of one of his ancestors. The new Bowbearer is reported to have said: “It has been sad no appointment of Bowbearer has been made by previous Lords of Bowland. Even though the role may be purely honorific, links with our past are so often lost cheaply or discarded without an appreciation of their worth. At Browsholme, we are completing the refurbishment of a listed tithe barn to improve our tourism potential. The appointment of Bowbearer is therefore most timely. The grant will be placed on view to our visitors, with other articles associated with the Bowbearer.”

So far,so good. It seems we must commend our new Lord for the seriousness with which he is taking his duties. Yet, for many months now, the 16th Lord has shunned publicity. Surely, the 16,000 folk who live in Bowland have a right to know his identity? With that thought in mind, I determined to track down “Lord Bowland”. I wanted to ask: what does it mean to be a feudal lord in the 21st century? And more bluntly, why on earth does Bowland need a lord at all?

“Vanity doesn’t come into it”

What I found surprised me. “William Bowland,” as he prefers to be known, is an energetic and articulate man in his late forties who speaks passionately about Bowland and is deeply knowledgeable about its history. He talks in bewildering detail about the place-names of the Forest and the influence of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and even Welsh on they’re early development. He also explains with pride his own ancestral links to Newton where one of his ancestors established the village’s first nonconformist chapel in the late 1600s. Apologising for the stir that his succession to the title caused in 2009, he is impatient with suggestions that his Lordship is a mere vanity purchase. “Vanity doesn’t come into it. For me, this is about Bowland, a very special place I know and love. This is my personal stake in the community, its history and heritage. The Lord of Bowland no longer has any political role. He doesn’t administer justice or manage the forest. The last of that died away in the 1920s.

“As Lord, I have some power to help preserve traditions and for that reason, reviving the office of Bowbearer seemed the right thing to do. Robert Parker, a charming man whose family have played a central role in the life of the Forest for almost eight centuries, will make a wonderful Bowbearer. “But the future matters more than the past. If we’re s art, we should think of the Lordship of Bowland as a marketing opportunity.” True to his word, it transpires that the 16th Lord has just sponsored a history of the Lordship of Bowland, expected to be published in late April. “This study breaks new ground in our understanding of the Forest,” he claims. “For the first time ever, we have a comprehensive list of the Lords, Bowbearers, Master Foresters and Chief Stewards. Months of painstaking research have revealed how the ancient courts at Whitewell and Slaidburn interacted and operated. This is the first systematic attempt to look at the history of the Forest from the eleventh century onwards. We’ve also untangled the later complex history of the Forest and its ownership from the 1830s to the present day”.
Nostalgia for the future

I am refreshed by our conversation… and relieved. William Bowland is a thoroughly modern man, not some eccentric throwback. Not the sort you’d find parading around in ermine or beating the bounds of his Forest. On the contrary, what Bowland appears to have acquired is a new and unexpected champion. “Think about it,” he urges. “We can dismiss the Lordship as a hangover from a bygone age. Or we can celebrate it as a part of Bowland’s heritage … just as we might celebrate a historic landscape or a beautiful building. We should exploit the fact that Bowland has a Lordship that goes back a thousand years — an amazing fact — to help protect, preserve and where appropriate, promote Bowland in all its uniqueness. “Rightly, my success as Lord of Bowland will be judged by the contribution I make. Certainly, I feel I have a duty to serve the Forest community, to try and make a difference. But respect and trust don’t come automatically — they must be earned.

“What contribution might I make? In a sense, I am in the hands of others on this. But perhaps, if the community wishes, I might become a voice for Bowland, some sort of advocate. That is one option. “Or maybe a guardian of its heritage. Or perhaps, even more excitingly, I could help pioneer a new way of thinking about Bowland based on a reawakened sense of our history-a sort of ‘nostalgia for the future’. “For instance, did you know that, in the thirties, it was common to describe Bowland as the ‘Switzerland of England’? Not just because of it’s stunning scenery but also on account of the contentment of its inhabitants, their sturdy independence of spirit and general prosperity. Surely, it is my job to help keep traditions such as these alive”. As I head home, I find myself cheered by what I’ve heard but I also know that I’ve failed my readers in one important regard. As a precondition of my interview, I promised to keep the identity of the publicity-shy Lord of Bowland a secret … at least for now.
Mike Harvey
History from Wiki
The Lordship of Bowland, an ancient English title connected with the Forest of Bowland in the northwest of England, was once thought lost and was only recently rediscovered. It disappeared from sight in 1885 when the estates of the Towneleys, one of Lancashire’s great aristocratic families, were broken up following the death of the last male heir. For much of the twentieth century, experts thought that the Lordship of Bowland belonged to the Crown. In 1938, the Duchy of Lancaster had acquired some 6,000 acres of the Forest of Bowland, now known as the Whitewell Estate, near Clitheroe, and it was believed the Lordship of Bowland had been acquired with it.

The ancient origins of the Lordship lie in the Forest and Liberty of Bowland thought to have been created by William Rufus sometime after Domesday and granted to his vassal Roger de Poitou, possibly to reward Poitou for his role in defeating the army of Scots king Malcolm III in 1091-2. The Forest and Liberty appear to have come into the possession of the De Lacys, Lords of Pontefract, by the end of the eleventh century. In 1102, along with the grant of the adjacent fee of Clitheroe and holdings in Hornby and Amounderness, they came to form the basis of what became known as the Honor of Clitheroe.

In 1311, the Honor of Clitheroe was subsumed into the Earldom of Lancaster. After 1351, it was administered as part of the Duchy of Lancaster, with the Duke (from 1399, the Sovereign) acknowledged lord paramount over the Forest and the ten manors of the Liberty. As lord paramount, he was styled Lord King of Bowland. In 1661, the twenty-eight manors contained within the former Honour of Clitheroe, including the Forest and Liberty of Bowland, were granted by the Crown to General George Monck as part of the creation of the Dukedom of Albermarle. Monck had been a key figure in the restoration of Charles II. The Lordship of Bowland then descended through the Montagu, Buccleuch and Towneley families.

In April 2010, it was reported that the 16th Lord had revived two ancient historic offices of the Forest of Bowland: those of Bowbearer and Chief Steward. In May 2010, the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society published a history of the Lordship.
Lords of Bowland 1092-1399
1092-1102 Roger de Poitou
1102-1123 Henry de Lacy, endowed Kirkstall Abbey
1123-1193 Robert de Lacy, built Clitheroe Castle
1193-1211 Roger de Lacy
1211-1240 John de Lacy, 1st Earl of Lincoln
1240-1258 Edmund de Lacy, 2nd Earl of Lincoln
1258-1311 Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln
1311-1322 Thomas Plantaganet, 2nd Earl of Lancaster
1322-1345 Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Lancaster
1345-1361 Henry of Grosmont, 4th Earl, later Duke of Lancaster
1361-1399 John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, Duke of Aquitaine
Kings as Lords of Bowland 1399-1661
Henry IV of England obtained the Crown of England and the Duchy of Lancaster, of which the lordship was part, descended with the English Crown until the Restoration of Charles II.
Lords of Bowland 1661-1885
1661-1670 1st Duke of Albemarle
1670-1688 2nd Duke of Albemarle
1692-1709 1st Duke of Montagu
1709-1749 2nd Duke of Montagu
1749-1790 4th Earl of Cardigan
1790-1802 1st Earl of Beaulieu
1802-1812 3rd Duke of Buccleuch
1812-1819 4th Duke of Buccleuch
1819-1827 5th Duke of Buccleuch
1827-1835 2nd Baron Montagu of Boughton
1835-1846 Peregrine Towneley
1846-1876 Charles Towneley
1876-1878 John Towneley
1878-1885 Lucy Towneley
Lords of Bowland since 2008
2008-2009 Charles Towneley Strachey, 4th Baron O’Hagan
2009-present William Bowland

[a] Past :  Order of the Garter       Present : Order of the Garter
[b] Sir Peter Blaker KCMG MP
[c] Corporate Council

Forest of Bowland official website
Lord of Bowland title sold at auction”. Lancashire Telegraph. 31 October 2009.
Lordship snapped up”. Lancashire Evening Post. 1 November 2009.
Buyer of aristocratic title revealed”. Lancashire Evening Post. 10 November 2009.

New Lord of Bowland is don at top university”. Lancashire Telegraph. 13 November 2009.
Keeping up traditions of beautiful Bowland”. Lancashire Evening Post. 22 April 2010.

TD Whitaker, “An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe” (Routledge & Sons: Manchester 1872)

Ancient titles rise again”. Lancashire Evening Post. 2 April 2010.
First Bowbearer of the Forest appointed for 150 years”. Clitheroe Advertiser. 15 April 2010.

C J Spencer and S. W. Jolly, ‘Bowland: the rise and decline, abandonment and revival of a medieval lordship’ The Escutcheon: Journal of the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society 15, 2010
Interview with William, 16th Lord of Bowland
Further Study
Forest of Bowland
Charles Strachey, 4th Baron O’Hagan
Lancashire Schools Preparation for Deceased Pupils
Froebel Education Method and the Third Reich
The Dulverton Trust
The Trussell Trust