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The history of Old Bank House, Bishops Castle

Article by Greg Walters
05 December 2023

Here at Chamberlain we are very keen to pay homage to the history of the buildings we acquire and this involves researching the history and heritage of the building in as much detail as we can often referring to title deeds and historic records. 

Old Bank House was once owned by The Right Honourable George Charles Herbert the 4th Earl of Powis a prominent British peer.  Built in the late 18th century Old Bank House would have hosted many distinguished guests whom will have visited and stayed at the house whilst visiting from London and other parts of the country.

 

Lord Powis

 

The Right Honourable George Charles Herbert was born in Mayfair, London in 1862. He was the son of The Hon Sir Percy Egerton Herbert and Lady Mary Caroline Louisa Thomas Petty-Fitz Maurice, daughter of the Earl of Kerry. He was educated at Eton College and at St Johns College, Cambridge where he graduated BA in 1885 and MA in 1905. 

After gaining his first degree, he was employed as a civil servant in the administrative branch of the General Post Office in London, but resigned after succeeding to his peerage. 

He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire in 1896, a post he held until 1951. He was also Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Montgomeryshire and Justice of the Peace for the counties of Montgomeryshire and Shropshire, and Alderman of Shropshire County Council. 

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(The picture above is Lord Powis inspecting the troops at Royal Welch Fusiliers Parade, Newtown 1939)

In 1897 he served as treasurer of the Salop Infirmary in Shrewsbury. In 1898 he was made honorary Colonel of the 4th (Militia) Battalion of the South Wales Borderers. 

In 1890, six months before inheriting the earldom, Herbert was married to the Hon. Violet Ida Evelyn Lane-Fox from Wellesbourne in Warwickshire. Together George and Violet were the parents of two sons and one daughter. 

 

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(The picture above shows Lady Powis dressed for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902)  

The Earl was fated to survive both his sons. Percy Robert, Viscount Clive died of wounds received in 1916 at the battle of the Somme in World War I and Mervyn Herbert their youngest son was killed whilst on active service in World War II in 1943 whilst serving in the No. 157 squadran RAF. Their daughter was born in 1900, Lady Hermione Gwladys who married Roberto Lucchesi-Pali, 11th Duke della Grazia and 13th Prince di Campofranco in 1924. 

Lord Powis died at Powis Caste in November 1952 aged 90 and is buried in the churchyard at Christ Church, Welshpool. He was succeeded in the earldom by his cousin, Edward Robert Henry Herbert. 

 

Reference: Wikipedia

As a nod to the buildings past we have named each of the 4 homes after the women in George Herbert's life. His wife Violet's full name and their beloved daughter Hermione. 

Apartment 1 - The Violet 

"The Cottage" 2 - The Hermione 

Apartment 3 - The Evelyn 

Apartment 4 - The Ida 

 

 

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Here at Chamberlain we are very keen to pay homage to the history of the buildings we acquire and this involves researching the history and heritage of the building in as much detail as we can often referring to title deeds and historic records.