Friday Lecture – 70th Anniversary – Lord North: Clearly not a Cider Drinker


Public Lectures

£26 includes lunch

Jan 22 2021, 1.00 pm to Jan 22 2021, 4.00 pm

£26 includes lunch

Sheila Seymour

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The last in this series of lectures (with lunch) exploring Lord North and his links to Dillington House.

When Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord North, owner of Dillington House, introduced a Cyder Duty. It did not endear him to his Somerset neighbours! This course will explore why it was thought necessary and local/national reaction in the 1760s Britain was strapped for cash (nothing changes).

The Chancellor of the Exchequer decided to introduce a duty on cider. Unfortunately, the Chancellor was Lord North, owner of Dillington House and his neighbours were not best pleased. Indeed, the whole county – supported by Devon and Dorset – was enraged. A battle over Cider Duty became a protest about Civil Liberties. Somerset would not be bowed. Come and learn about the how’s and whys…

Includes lunch. Lunch is served from 1pm and lecture begins at 2pm.

Performer background

Sheila Seymour:  After a career in IT, from 2004 I was a tutor to the First Year History students at Royal Holloway College, University of London. My role was to introduce them to new aspects of, and approaches to, history after years of following tightly structured curricula. It was a wonderful job – but demanding. It was not only the students whose love of history was stimulated, and I look forward to sharing my experiences.