15 Jul Guest blog – Baron of North Cadbury
Many years ago I was conveyed upon acquisition the feudal Baron title of North Cadbury, which was created by William the Conqueror for one of his loyal standard bearers at the battle of Hastings in 1066.
I’m very interested in this piece of English history, which is worth preserving for the future. The seat of this extensive barony lay in North Cadbury in Somerset and was not only connected to King William and his early feudal barons. It is said that the nearby hill fort Cadbury Castle is the most probable site of King Arthur’s Court called Camelot and the place where the barony takes its name from, a further interesting historic background of the barony. Furthermore Cadbury Castle is a site rich of archaeological interest.
Some years ago the chairman of the North Cadbury Village Hall Committee contacted me about a contribution for maintenance works of the local Village Hall. As the current Lord I’ve seen it as my obligation to give my support for this project. The Village Hall is used very much by the local community and has a professional theatre stage. After all my wife and I, we had the great honour to be invited meanwhile several times to North Cadbury. Each time the residents welcomed us as friends. They guided us through this lovely village and the surroundings, which has some magnificent historic landmarks. In late summer 2015 we had also here in Germany, where we live, a return visit from a very nice couple from North Cadbury. We had the great pleasure to show them around in our homeland.
At the end of last year I was very delighted to commission the portrait painter Max Scotto to paint a portrait for me. As I could see on his website portfolio he has an excellent expertise in paintings. In my case the result was a wonderful classical painting and Max told me that he was influenced by the Grand Manner, a style promoted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The painting is now hanging in our living room.
You can read more about the barony on its Official Website www.baronyofnorthcadbury.co.uk
With best wishes –
Jörg Hubert Dumke, 6th Baron of North Cadbury.