The Royal Family have a lot of fingers in a lot of pies and are one of the major landowners in the UK – and that includes in the East Midlands.
The Queen ‘owns’ plenty of property and land as well as the odd castle and, err, shopping centre.
Owned by either the Crown Estate or the Duchy of Lancaster, the list below shows just what Her Majesty has to call upon in our area.
East Midlands properties owned by Her Majesty
Fosse Shopping Park
Yep, you read that right. Half of the city’s favourite out-of-town shopping destination is owned by the Crown Estate.
The estate teamed up with Gingko Tree Investment Ltd to buy the park for a cool £345.5m back in 2014.
It was the largest acquisition in Crown’s history and described as a ‘landmark’ deal.
The Duchy of Lancaster’s 2,995 hectares of land in Staffordshire are based around the village of Barton-under-Needwood.
It owns a 60 let houses on the estate, as well as a diverse mix of commercial activities, including a saw mill, equestrian centres, offices and a private airfield.
Once a popular hunting spot, thick with woodland the area is thought to have been transformed after a Act of Parliament in 1803 which allowed deforestation to make room for agriculture.
Mary Queen of Scots was briefly imprisoned at this castle on FOUR occassions.
Located a few miles north of Burton-upon-Trent, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands.
The castle was formerly home to John of Gaunt, 2nd Duke of Lancaster.
The castle was largely destroyed after the English Civil War after it’s owners decided to hold out for Charles I.
Today the castle and grounds is open to the public every day except Mondays. It can be rented out for private functions such as weddings.
The ancient Barmote Courts of Wirksworth have regulated mining in the local area for more than 700 years.
The historic town of Wirksworth lies in the Honor of Tutbury, confiscated from the rebel Earl of Derby and given to Edmund, 1st Earl of Lancaster, in 1265. As an area with important mineral resources, it was an estate of great value.
Today the courts meet once a year in April, when bread, cheese, clay pipes and tobacco are still provided.
Gopsall is an area of Crown Estate land in Hinckley and Bosworth, and the site of a former Georgian country house that was known as Gopsall Hall.
During the 1920s and 1930s Gopsall hosted a motor racing circuit and part of the woodland is still named ‘The Race Course’.
Notable guests who stayed at the estate included King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, Queen Adelaide and Winston Churchill.
Most of the hall itself was demolished in 1952. The area now is mostly agricultural and is dotted with privately rented farms.
Peveril Castle stands in a prominent position overlooking the village of Castleton, with breathtaking views over the Peak District.
The castle bears the name of William Peveril, thought to have been an illegitimate son of William I. He was granted the title Bailiff of the Royal Manors of the Peak after the Norman Conquest of 1066. His castle played an important role in guarding the Forest Peak area, which was valuable for its lead, silver and hunting grounds.
Today Peveril Castle is under the custodianship of English Heritage and is open to visitors all year round.
The Duchy of Lancaster is a private estate owned by HRH The Queen as the Duke of Lancaster.
It owns thousands of hectares of rural land, mostly in the North, as well as some property off The Strand in London.
The Crown Estate’s £13bn in assets are not the Queen’s personal property. Its assets are held by the Monarchy ‘in right of the crown’ and all its profits are returned to the Treasury.
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