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The "tyrannizing" lord of Brookmans

Somers memorial St Mary's Church, North Mymms c1900s Image by G Knott, courtesy A Nott, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
Somers memorial St Mary's Church, North Mymms c1900s
Image by G Knott, courtesy A Nott, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

The manor house of Brookmans, which burnt down in 1891, was formerly the home of one of "the five tyrannizing lords" who "virtually ruled England for five years".  

John Somers (1651 – 1716) who became 1st Baron Somers, served as Lord High Chancellor of England under William III and Lord President of the Council under Queen Anne.

Peter Kingsford wrote a short piece about his life for the April 1982 issue of the Chancellor’s Community Newsletter. The article has been reproduced here with permission of the publisher.




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