9th August 1998
The first Earl of Jersey to live in Jersey dies in Jersey
The Ninth Earl of Jersey inherited his title in 1923, when he was 13, but didn’t move to the island until the late 1940s, by then with his second wife. Since the late 18th century, the family home had been Osterley Park, which Earl Jersey opened to the public as a stately home and art gallery and gifted to the National Trust, along with its grounds, in 1949. According to his obituary, published in The Times on 14 August 1998, “he was an early supporter of Gerald Durrell’s Jersey Zoo, and first chairman of the Jersey Association of Youth and Friendship, which, with its hostels and flats, has been a pioneer in providing deprived young people with a start in life”.
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