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The Lords of Ilkley Manor - The Road to Ruin

The Middelton Family of Stockeld Park (1763-1947)

By David Carpenter

Juliana Middelton This recently published book tells the story of a Catholic gentry family from Yorkshire, England, over a two hundred year period. Once the richest family in the district the family's decline was so dramatic that the last of the line ended his days in a paupers' hospice. Evidence from all over the world has been brought together which has enabled the hidden history of this important family to emerge.

In the book the lives of Ilkley's lords of the manor are discussed in detail. Painstaking detective work has led to the discovery of many portraits of family members, and in total almost 150 illustrations are included. As well as the steady economic decline of the family, The Road to Ruin includes much about the personal lives of members of the family which was equally dramatic. Ranging from nuns giving away their inheritance to their orders for the benefit of the poor to high-rolling high-living high-spending hedonists Mr Carpenter has dug out the private history of each character.

Middelton mini-biographies and pictures
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