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Dowager Lady Egremont funeral in Petworth

Centenary celebrations at Egremont Castle in July this year.
 Lady Egremont  cuts the ribbon to open the Castle.  PICTURE  BY MIKE McKENZIE

Centenary celebrations at Egremont Castle in July this year. Lady Egremont cuts the ribbon to open the Castle. PICTURE BY MIKE McKENZIE

The Dowager Lady Egremont’s funeral will take place in Petworth tomorrow (Friday, November 15).

The Dowager Lady Egremont died peacefully in London at the age of 88.

She was mother to the current Lord Egremont and widow of John Wyndham, lst Baron Egremont and 6th Baron Leconfield who died in 1972.

She died on Monday, November 4, and her funeral takes place at St Mary’s Church, in Petworth, tomorrow at 11am.

She will be buried with her husband in the family vault in Petworth’s Barton Lane cemetery.

Lady Egremont lived in London with her husband for the first few years of their marriage.

They moved to Petworth in 1952 after the death of the current Lord Egremont’s great uncle.

She lived in the town for 20 years until the death of her husband and then spent most of her time in London and at the family home at Cockermouth Castle.

While in Petworth, Lady Egremont was involved with the town’s Over 60s Club and also the former King Edward VII hospital, at Midhurst, where she helped with fundraising.

In addition, she was a keen supporter of the Church of England Children’s Society.

The Cumberland flag has been flying at half mast at Cockermouth Castle as a mark of respect.

Lady Egremont was the first president of the Hospice at Home charity in West Cumbria.

She had started training as a nurse but during the second world war she worked at the vital code breaking centre at Bletchley Park.

She was also actively involved with a medical foundation she and her late husband founded which provides eye surgery in remote part of India.

Alan Porter estate manager for Cockermouth Castle said: “She is a sad loss not only to the family but the people of Cumbria. She is one of the most remarkable people I have been privileged to meet.”

She leaves three children Lord Egremont, Carlyn and Harry, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

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