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The Resource Black diamonds : the rise and fall of an English dynasty, Catherine Bailey

Black diamonds : the rise and fall of an English dynasty, Catherine Bailey

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Black diamonds : the rise and fall of an English dynasty
Title
Black diamonds
Title remainder
the rise and fall of an English dynasty
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Bailey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the twentieth century the 6th Earl Fitzwilliam was one of Britain's richest aristocrats. During his lifetime his wealth increased a thousand times over; when he died his family spent [pound]45,000 equipping his servants in mourning livery for his funeral." "He lived at Wentworth House - one of the finest Georgian houses in England. Situated five miles outside Sheffield, it is still the largest private house in Europe. It has 1,000 windows, 365 rooms and five miles of passageways. Few have heard of it and fewer still have seen it - it is England's forgotten palace." "Wentworth House lies at the core of this extraordinary story. Shrouded now in mystery, it was owned for 200 years by the Fitzwilliam family, whose great fortune was built on coal." "At the dawn of the twentieth century Wentworth stood at the centre of the South Yorkshire coalfield, 'a jewel in a crown of poverty and grime'. Ringed by scores of collieries where tens of thousands of miners were employed, it was a symbol of one of the bleakest statistics of the time: 88 per cent of the population owned nothing, 1 per cent owned two thirds of the nation's wealth. In the struggle to set right this social injustice, Britain's one million miners were destined to become the driving force." "Set in the turbulent first fifty years of the twentieth century, when the fabric of English society changed beyond recognition, Black Diamonds tells the story of the unravelling of one of Britain's wealthiest dynasties. Family feuds, forbidden love, class war and a tragic and violent death played their part, but coal - the mines and the miners - one of the most emotive subjects in twentieth-century British history, lies at the heart of the dynasty's demise."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
ANL
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Bailey, Catherine
Dewey number
942
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Fitzwilliam, William Thomas Spencer
  • Wentworth Woodhouse (England)
  • Coal mines and mining
  • Yorkshire (England)
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
Black diamonds : the rise and fall of an English dynasty, Catherine Bailey
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000041525529
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 518 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780670915422
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Black diamonds : the rise and fall of an English dynasty, Catherine Bailey
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000041525529
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 518 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780670915422
Other physical details
ill.

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