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




Sheila Seymour

22 January 2021

£26 includes lunch

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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.

Tutor information

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.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.