The Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, and Lincolnshire
Did the Duke of Windsor and American divorcée Wallis Simpson intend to live in Lincolnshire after he abdicated the throne
King Edward VIII was King of England until 11 December 1936 when, in unparalleled circumstances, he stepped down from the throne in order to marry Mrs Simpson.
The whole scandalous affair is well documented so needn’t be dwelled upon here but what isn’t so well known is . . .
Did he intend to make a new life for himself here in Lincolnshire ?!
Of course you can’t blame old Eddie, I mean, who wouldn’t throw away a Kingdom in order to settle here in the Golden Shire, probably the only sensible idea he had in his life!
“But what’s all this about Lincolnshire” I hear you cry, and with fair reason cherished reader . . . for ’tis well known I am given to working God’s County into any story whenever truthfully possible.
Well, I’m not turning to the history books for this one but the ever reliable The Leader Post newspaper, a fine Canadian publication if ever there was one.
In an article dated June 24 1937 they claim that an agent acting on behalf of the Duke of Windsor purchased a 100 acre estate in Lincolnshire with the intent to move there once the furore had died down a little.
They go further and claim it to be the hamlet of Harlaxton, near Grantham, and it included Harlaxton Hall which is near the residence of Lord Brownlow, a friend of his and Wallis Simpson.
Now, that’s where I’m going to leave this and go over to comments.
I’ve had a very quick look and there’s no obvious and immediate well known information about this so the questions are . . .
Is it true ?
If it is did they ever spend any time in Harlaxton ?
How’s that for an interesting snippet? Well, I suppose you’ll be the judge of that.
Ideas, thoughts, opinions and information most welcome