John's column did not do the generosity of Marquis justice
I REFER to comments by John Pinchbeck in his column By The Way (September 25) when he discusses the Marquis of Bristol under the heading of 'not so generous'.
I consider the picture painted of the Marquis to be totally out of character and I speak with personal knowledge.
For many years my father was employed by Bristol Estates and we lived in a tied cottage at Holdingham.
So I suppose that makes me the son of a 'Sleaford serf ' to which John refers to in his article.
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When my father retired from work not only did the estate provide him with a pension (non-contributary) but also we were allowed to continue to reside in the cottage rent free.
This arrangement continued even following the death of my father and until my mother chose to move on some years later.
I also remember the majority of the residents of the village being invited to the engagement celebrations of the then Earl Jermyn and Lady Anne Fitzwilliam at Ickworth and a coach being laid on for their transport. Such was the families' interest in the local community and is that not a true reflection of their generosity. Give credit where it is due.
In the article John refers to the Marquis being credited with donating the land for the Boston Road Recreation ground while still charging what he describes as 'the going rate' for it.
In reality when the actual sale price is made known, people will still regard it as 'a give away'.
Reference is also made to the covenant, but then what business would not look after their own interests? That's if the facts as stated are correct. In any event I bet the majority of people in town are only too pleased the Marquis had the foresight to include it!
Finally I do find the reference to the 7th Marquis as totally irrelevant. Most people have 'a skeleton in the cupboard' and before anyone asks, the answer is 'yes'.
How many would you like?