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Grouse Moor EstateRegion/ areaAcreageCAP payments (2014)CAP payments (2016)CAP payments (2018)OwnerAristocracy Y/NNotesMapped?Signed voluntary agreement?
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Lilburn EstateNorthumberland14,678£1,641,563£1,550,699£1,799,994Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership. Owned by Duncan Davidson, founder of Persimmon HomesNArea of land calculated from Environmental Stewardship polygons. Maps deposited with council under Highways Act (1980) show estate to be larger still. CAP payments to Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership.YesNo
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Raby EstateNorth Pennines30,000£247,626£683,579£737,514Raby Estates - Lord BarnardYMapped polygons span 18k acres, identified from INSPIRE, land titles & some environmental stewardship polygons. Source of 30k land area figure: http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/shooting/shoot-reports/grouse-shooting-at-raby-county-durham-11249. See also http://www.rabycastle.com/the-estate/shooting-parties. CAP figures for 2016 and 2018 are for 'Raby Farms' - the estate runs beyond grouse moors covering 55,000 acres in total, but sporting estates clearly major part of estate (30k acres). For more on the Barnard barony, see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/05/04/lord-barnard--obituary/YesYes
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Woodhead MoorsPeak District3,576Not knownNot known£502,895Woodhead Farms, ultimate beneficiary unknown?Central grid ref: SK107986. Agri recipient: Woodhead Farms (Paul Hallam). For the boundary outline, see http://resources.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ctte/services/reports/2009/090717Item4-1App1.pdf CAP payments to 'Woodhead Farms', Glossop SK13.YesNo
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BroomheadPeak District4,237Not knownNot known£477,747Ben Rimington-Wilson, Broomhead Estate FarmsYCAP subsidy recipient: 'Broomhead Estate Farms', Sheffield S36 (Ben Rimington-Wilson). Estate website - http://www.broomheadestate.co.uk/ - states that has been in the hands of the Wilson family for 700 years, meaning they are landed gentry. See also https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/winning-ways-with-conservation-beauty-1-2463109, which says the estate runs to 4,600 acres. For the boundary outline, see http://resources.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ctte/services/reports/2009/090717Item4-1App1.pdfYesYes
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Weardale & EgglestoneNorth Pennines10,024£303,678£438,357£423,415Weardale Estates Ltd. Owned by Michael Stone, former City banker.NArea of Priorsdale Moor = 3,237 acres; Allenheads = 2,068 acres; Egglestone Moor = 4,719. See also https://www.gunsonpegs.com/shoots/weardale-estate/eov5xnAvaLM4fz24F and http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/grouse-moor-wins-coveted-gold-prize-in-purdey-awards-22573. CAP payments to 'Weardale Estates Ltd'. Michael Stone originally bought 4,300 acres of the land from the Forestry Commission in 1984.YesYes
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East Allenheads & MuggleswickNorth Pennines (two locations)26,000£132,526£145,288£394,048Hermann M & E Estate - Jeremy Herrmann, businessman (Ferrox Capital) owns both grouse moors (land title held by 'Muggleswick Estate Ltd' of which Herrmann is a director)NAcreage of Muggleswick & East Allenheads said to be around 13,000 acres each: https://library.croneri.co.uk/cch_uk/btc/2015-tc-04513. CAP payments clearly for East Allenheads & Muggleswick Estates. See also http://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/uks-top-shoots-2014/. Mr Hermann has come in for some trouble with HMRC over EIS relief for his grouse moors: http://www.taxadvisermagazine.com/article/eis-and-grouse-moor. CAP payments in 2014 & 2016 to 'Hermann M & E Estate'; in 2018 to 'Herrmann M & E Estate'. YesYes (both)
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Mossdale EstateNorth Pennines3,731£54,741£226,994£355,854Mossdale Estate Partnership - Van Cutsem familyNRaptor persecution, illegal traps set, manager given police caution - see Mark Avery blog: http://markavery.info/2016/06/01/poletraps-moors-caution/. CAP payments to 'Mossdale Estate Partnership'.YesNo
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Bolton Abbey EstateYorkshire Dales 13,500£193,033£139,708£330,261The Duke of DevonshireYDuke of Devonshire, Peregrine Andrew Morny. Total Bolton Abbey Estate is 30,000 acres, grouse moors comprise 13,500 acres - source: http://boltonabbey.com/the-estate/sporting/. 2014 & 2016 CAP payments are from 2 entries for Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement, recorded as being based in Skipton; excludes payments to Chatsworth Settlement clearly related to Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire. For 2018, similarly only counted subsidies registered to 'Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement' in Skipton BD23.YesNo
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Walshaw Moor EstateNear Hebden Bridge8,525£275,584£272,036£292,642Walshaw Moor Estate Ltd - Richard BannisterNAcreage is from Environmental Stewardship polygon area. Natural England tried to take him to court but dropped case. Bought in 2002 for £1.9million. Land area figure based on Environment Stewardship polygon area, but Walshaw Moor Estate's own estate management agreement with Natural England states the entire estate to be 16,000 acres. CAP payments to 'Walshaw Moor Estate Ltd'. YesNo
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Wemmergill EstateNorth Pennines15,676£291,698£272,664£291,571Wemmergill Estates LLP - Michael Cannon, multi-millionaire former poultry farmer who made his fortune from the pub trade. Bought for £4.6m from the Earl of Strathmore in 2006, who still owns land to the northNCould be 17,000 acres according to news reports. Taken to court by English Nature in 2009 pleaded guility and fined £50k for building a road through a SSSI without permission: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-510895/How-multi-millionaire-ruined-5million-estate-Queen-Mothers-family-generations.html. CAP payments to 'Wemmergill Estates LLP'YesYes
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Buckton MoorPeak District3,500Not known£303,512£277,496Enville & Stalybridge EstatesNThe Saddleworth Moor fire of July 2018 started on Buckton Moor. Enville & Stalybridge Estates website: https://envilleestate.com/shooting-enville-estate/. Land title for Buckton Moor is registered to Alexandra Diane Williams of Enville and Stalybridge Estates in Stourbridge. DEFRA CAP payments website records payments in 2016 to 'Mrs AD Williams, T/A Enville Estate Farms', in Stourbridge, of £303,511.81, and in 2018, to the same recipient, £277,496.32.YesNo, but is outside SAC
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Mossy LeaPeak District2,195Not knownNot known£260,581Jeremy Simon Young, Mossy Lea Farm LLPNLand parcel registered to Mossy Lea Farm LLP; on Companies House, Jeremy Simon Young is recorded as the Person of Significant Control. From his other company appointments, he appears to be a fund manager/ venture capitalist. Central grid ref: SK077934. CAP payments to 'Mossy Lea Farm LLP'. For the boundary outline, see http://resources.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ctte/services/reports/2009/090717Item4-1App1.pdf. Sometimes called Coldharbour Moor?YesYes
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Grimwith EstateNidderdale7,289£136,166£147,567£254,368Andrew Vavasour HudsonYCAP payments for 2014 and 2016 incorrectly recorded for 'Grimworth Estate', but clearly registered in correct area. CAP payments for 2018 now registered correctly to 'Grimwith Estate'. Land title registered to Andrew Vavasour Hudson, who on Companies House describes himself as a landowner (he was also a director of the Bedale Hunt): https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/u2F5ttomdQQLbmor-862SC-rnek/appointmentsYesYes
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Guthrie estateNorth Pennines4,470??£232,862Guthrie family - Trustees of J M Guthries 1965 SettlementNES payment maps suggest Trustees of J M Guthries 1965 Settlement control it. VAT search result for Trustees of J M Guthries 1965 Settlement: http://gb.vat-search.eu/2q.n_Trustees+of+J+M+Guthrie's+1965+Settlement. The registered address is the same as for Broadland Properties Ltd: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/00483844. Broadland Properties Ltd also owns Hever Castle in Kent, and is controlled by the Guthrie family: https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/visit/hever-castle/owners/guthrie/. CAP payments to 'TSTEES OF J M GUTHRIES 1965 SETTLEMENT'. Broadland Properties Ltd have donated £700k to the Conservative Party since 2001, according to Electoral Commission data. (Formerly labelled this incorrectly as the 'Scargill Estate' because village of Scargill inside it)YesNo
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Baysdale EstateNorth York Moors3,873£173,157£206,437£222,979Viscount BoyneYBurwarton Estates Company Ltd. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscount_Boyne and http://www.burwarton-estates.co.uk/. Acreage derived from measuring INSPIRE polygon covering moor. CAP payments to Burwarton Estates Company Limited.YesYes
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Swinton EstateNidderdale9,000£225,008£111,052.89£204,844Lord Masham, Cunliffe-Lister familyYAcreage figure from evidence submitted by Swinton Estate to Parliamentary grouse shooting inquiry, Oct 2016. Near Ripon. CAP Payments to 'Swinton Estate', Ripon, HG4. NB: additional entries for 'Lord Masham & Masham Moor Graziers (£144,036 in 2018) and 'Lord Masham & Ilton Moor Graziers' (£77,457 in 2018) not included in total here.YesYes
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Bingley MoorNorth Pennines / Yorkshire Dales?Not knownNot known£196,221Bingley Moor PartnershipNBingley Moor Partnership is presumably a shooting consortium. One article names one of the ultimate owners as being Edward Bromit. CAP payments to 'Bingley Moor Partnership'. No but to the south of Ilkley MoorNo
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Newbiggin EstateNorth Pennines7,190£20,919£11,450£188,267Daphne Elizabeth Scott-HardenNAlso James Scott-Harden, on the Moorland Association board: http://www.moorlandassociation.org/whos-who/. 2018 CAP payments to Newbiggin Estate HLS, Hexham NE46.YesYes
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Knarsdale EstateNorth Pennines2,107£28,551£215,841£182,803OFFSHORE: Knarsdale Estates Ltd, owned by Whitwham Farm Holdings, registered in Jersey. Beneficiaries are two US businessmen who bought the estate for £6m in 2013.NCAP payments to 'Knarsdale Estate Limited'YesYes
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Heyshaw Moor EstateNidderdale2,173£117,442£107,755£173,904Trustees of Heyshaw Moor Estate?Recorded in Defra CAP data ('Trustees of Heyshaw Moor Estate') and on ES maps but unable to find out more about ultimate owners from these, nor via Google. Near Ilkley.YesYes
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Egton EstateNorth York Moors4,995£70,681£121,812£165,453Oliver Charles FosterNSee http://www.egtonestate.co.uk/. Been in Foster family since 1869. Inherited by Olly Foster in 2014. Acreage of heather moorland cited on website and in evidence submitted by Egton Estate to Parliamentary inquiry on grouse shooting, Oct 2016. DEFRA CAP payments data records 2016 and 2018 payments as being registered to "O C Foster T/A Egton Estate". YesYes
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Hawnby & Arden EstateNorth York Moors7,085?£179,675£161,677Earl of MexboroughYPart of the Mexborough Estate, owned by John Christopher George Savile, Earl of Mexborough. Companies involved in: Methley Trustees; SIFTON PRAED AND COMPANY Ltd; METHLEY ESTATES (HOLDINGS) Ltd; ARDEN FARM Ltd - https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/uLXfPdZMzYTMcnx6wpjAbAwOU7M/appointments. See also evidence submitted to Parliamentary grouse shooting inquiry, Oct 2016. Area of estate derived from measuring area of INSPIRE polygons. This document suggests the Hawnby & Arden Estate overall is 14,000 acres, and that heather moorland is 6,000 acres of it: https://www.iagrm.org.uk/content/57b58ea8bf9900.42338362.pdf. CAP payments for 2016 and 2018 to 'Methley Estates (Holdings) Ltd'; not included here separate entries to 'Mexborough ESS Partnership' (2014: £165,756; 2016: £24,927.78; 2018: £166,649.75) YesYes? (But NE data is confusing - appears to have both signed a VC and refused to sign one)
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Jervaulx EstateNidderdale2,378£84,753£107,347£153,709Marquess of DownshireY"Excellent shoot, bordering Swinton and Bolton estates. Productive 2,300-acre grouse moor and good dales partridge and pheasant. Imaginative use of valleys, hills and game crops for quality shooting. Owned by Marquess of Downshire - head keeper is Kevin Jobling. Mixture of private days and repeat bookings. Cancellation offers only hope of booking." - https://www.fieldsportsmagazine.com/UK-Shoots/yorkshire-s-top-twenty.html. On Environmental Stewardship maps, 'The Downshire 1992 Settlement' receives money for land that appears to be around Jervaulx moor. CAP payments to 'The Downshire 1992 Settlement'. YesYes
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Bolton Castle EstateYorkshire Dales5,000£143,524£183,547£148,721Lord H A N BoltonYAlso referred to simply as Bolton Estate. Source of land area figure: http://www.boltonestate.co.uk/shooting/YesYes
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N.G. Bailey & Co North Pennines?Not knownNot known£141,985N.G. Bailey & CoNCAP payments to 'N G Bailey + Co Ltd', a Yorkshire family-run engineering business: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/01490238/officers. Own Middleton Moor & Denton Moor. In summer 2018 announced they would be reviewing the future of grouse shooting on the moors. Previously some controversy around gamekeepers on the moor caught taking marsh harrier eggs in 2017 - see RSPB footage.No but see ES mapsYes
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Ramsgill Estate Nidderdale2,354Not known£66,526.71£139,916James BriggsN"Just above Pateley Bridge is this very nice private shoot owned by James Briggs. An area better known for grouse, but offering good quality pheasant shooting. There is another similar shoot up the same valley." See also evidence submitted to Parliamentary grouse shooting inquiry, Oct 2016. Land title lists 'JAMES HENRY CURRER BRIGGS, RICHARD MARTIN NUTTALL GILLIBRAND and ANDREW ROBERT CROSS as Trustees of the J. A. C. Briggs Settlement'. CAP payments registered to 'JHC Briggs' (2016) and 'J H C Briggs' (2018), both in Leyton, a town to the north of Nidderdale AONB. Also shows up on ES maps. Acreage derived from measuring Environmental Stewardship polygon.YesYes
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Gunnerside EstateNorth Pennines26,020£64,233.51£100,632.00£137,946OFFSHORE: Gunnerside Estates Ltd registered in British Virgin Islands. Owned by Robert Warren Miller, American-born British billionaire who made his wealth from duty-free shops. NCould be as large as 36,000 acres according to some reports (e.g. http://www.yorkmix.com/business/yorks-richest-family-revealed-and-theyre-worth-a-bob-or-two/) - one of the largest sporting estates in the country. For more on Robert Miller, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Warren_Miller. CAP payments to 'Gunnerside Estates Ltd'YesYes
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Thimbleby EstateNorth York Moors1,334Not known£106,158.84£127,862Andrew & Andrea ShelleyNAcreage of grouse moor is stated to be 1,334 acres, with total Thimbleby Estate covering 2,633 acres - http://www.countrylife.co.uk/fresh-on-the-market/yorkshire-set-in-stone-48844. CAP payment to Thimbleby Farms Ltd - https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03160770. Mapped using Environmental Stewardship payment maps. Andrea Shelley is the daughter of Sir Ken Morrison, founder of Morrison's Supermarkets - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/10/whos-who-britain-legal-offshore-tax-avoidance-james-dyson YesYes
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Dallowgill EstatesNidderdale8,000£68,810£100,788£126,428Simon & Carolyn BostockNSource of land area figure: http://www.moorlandassociation.org/2012/04/yorkshire-dales-society-visits-dallowgill-moor/. Near Otley. Companies House identifies the two directors of Dallowgill Estate Management - and the two persons of significant control - to be Simon and Carolyn Bostock: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08502564/officers. Measuring ES map polygons for Dallowgill Estates and Dallowgill Moor Graziers Association gives a slightly smaller figure of 5,802 acres, but the ES payments are unlikely to cover the full estate. CAP payments are to 'Dallowgill Estates'; not included separate entries for 'Dallowgill Moor Graziers Association' (2018: £107,290.37)YesYes
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Abbeystead - Grosvenor EstateForest of Bowland23,000£7,227£57,228£122,308Trustees of the 4th Duke of Westminster's 1964 Settlement (Grosvenor Estate)YCAP payment data: http://www.cap-payments.defra.gov.uk/Details.aspx?CAPPaymentProcessed2ndId=4293077&Page=&Sort= Source of land area figure = http://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/people/how_bowland_s_shooting_estates_have_shaped_the_lancashire_landscape_1_1571196. CAP payment figure may include English estate land outside grouse moors, at the Grosvenor's Cheshire farms, but Abbeystead is their largest landholding in England, and figure excludes CAP received in Scotland for Highland estates.YesYes
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Reeth EstateNorth Pennines5,140£54,672£44,900£121,785OFFSHORE: Farmland Investments Ltd, care of Kleinwort Benson Trustees Ltd, based in Guernsey. Estate Office in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire - also base of Reeth Sporting Society, recipients of CAP payments.?Measured INSPIRE polygons; corroborated boundary against Highways Act s31.6 landowner deposit. CAP payments in 2014, 2016, 2018 to 'Reeth Sporting Society'. YesYes
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Simonside HillsNorthumberland12,505Not knownNot known£120,165Duke of Northumberland, Northumberland EstatesYGrouse moor within the Simonside Hills SSSI, to the south of Rothbury. Estate area calculated by measuring INSPIRE polygons. An Environmental Stewardship scheme covering part of the eastern moor goes to Lord Max Percy, son of the Duke of Northumberland, Ralph Percy. CAP payments to 'Lord Max Percy'YesYes
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Grinton EstateNorth Pennines5,461£32,539£101,658£118,582Earl PeelY2018 CAP payments to 'The Earl Peel'. (There are separate entries for 'Earl Peel & Grinton Gait Holders' and 'Earl Peel & Whitaside Gait Holders' that have not been included here).YesYes
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Hurst & Chunal MoorsPeak District2,304Not knownNot known£108,868Unknown?Central grid ref: SK061924. CAP recipient:' Hurst and Chunal Moors'. For the boundary outline, see http://resources.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ctte/services/reports/2009/090717Item4-1App1.pdfYesYes
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Gisborough EstateNorth York Moors3,460Not known£89,278£107,256Baron GisboroughYBaron Gisborough's total estate thought to be around 8,246 acres, going by landowner deposite maps (Highways Act s31.6). Map shows just area thought to be grouse moor. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Gisborough. CAP payments to 'Lord Gisborough Farms'YesNo
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Helbeck EstateNorth Pennines / Cumbria4,500Not knownPayments to 'A J Blackett-Ord' and 'Mrs R Blackett-Ord', both in Penrith, Cumbria, sum to £73,511.54.£86,189Ben Blackett-OrdNSee http://highhelbeck.co.uk/, which states the land over which they shoot to be 4,500 acres. Firms that Ben Blackett-Ord involved with: The Eis Association Ltd, Bovill Consulting. "The Helbeck Estate is situated just north of Brough, on the A66, in Cumbria. Address: High Helbeck, Greena, North Stainmore, Cumbria, CA17 4EA". Environmental Stewardship scheme recipient is one A J Blackett-Ord, presumably a relation; ES scheme map used to generate estate boundary. CAP payments for 2018 are to 'Helbeck Enterprises', Barnard Castle, DL12; Ben Blackett-Ord is listed on LinkedIn as Proprietor of Helbeck Enterprises: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/benblackettordYesYes
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Blubberhouses MoorNorth Pennines?Not knownNot known£81,147Blubberhouses Moor Ltd - Sibelco LtdNCAP payments to 'Blubberhouses Moor Ltd'. Ultimate owners Sibelco Ltd (Belgian sand & industrial materials firm) - see Person of Significant Control for Blubberhouses Moor Ltd on Companies House: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/02624570/persons-with-significant-controlNo but see ES mapsYes
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Ladycross & Langsett MoorsPeak District3,187Not knownNot known£74,912Unknown?Central grid ref: SK181999. CAP recipient: 'Ladycross Moor'. For the boundary outline, see http://resources.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ctte/services/reports/2009/090717Item4-1App1.pdfYesYes
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Urra EstateNorth York Moors2,800Not knownNot known£74,195Malcolm ReeveNLocal press article from 2014 states that Malcolm Reeve bought the Urra Estate in 2004 and that it runs to 2,800 acres: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11673498.shooting-estate-owner-fined-20000-over-death-of-great-grandfather/. This Shooting Times article states the Urra Estate to be "On the exposed northern edge of the North York Moors National Park, with the industrial heartland of Teesside just visible in the distance on a clear day." - https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/shooting/game-shooting/pheasant-shooting/top-10-game-shoots-in-yorkshire-46269. CAP (inc ES) payments go to 'Urra Estate', Middlesborough, TS9. Malcolm Reeve's directorship entry on Companies House: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/tzfdZ_HsHWSW-w53BBdqtxs0-oM/appointmentsNo but extract ES polygon for Urra Estate. What about Cold Moor Management Association?Yes
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Shieldhill TopNorth Pennines4,200£12,178.33£62,686.00£73,768The Honourable Mrs Charlotte Anne Townshend, ex-High Sheriff of Dorset YCAP payments registered under 'The Honourable Mrs Townshend'YesNo?
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MiddlesmoorNidderdale3,459Not known£77,403£72,319Stephen Hesketh Ramsden and Benjamin John Ramsden NOwners listed on land title. Stephen Hesketh Ramsden is Director of a grouse shooting and a pheasant shooting business: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/BpuN8oMYfBHdTUM-Sum2ETzsKb8/appointments. Acreage obtained by measuring INSPIRE polygon. CAP payments data for 2016 and 2018 for 'Ramsden S H' of Harrogate, HG3. 'SH Ramsden & AJ Hattan Gaitholders', also of Harrogate HG3, got £69,011.95 in 2016 and £57,758.10 in 2018, but not included these in totals.YesNo
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Coombes MossPeak District1,275Not known£64,678£69,360Harris & Sheldon Group LtdNHarris & Sheldon Group are a fishing, shooting & property firm, and state on their website that they own a grouse moor in Derbyshire: http://www.harris-sheldon.co.uk/. On Companies House, Harris & Sheldon Group Ltd is run & owned by what appears to be 4 members of the Miller family: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/01561575/persons-with-significant-control. Harris & Sheldon Group are recipients of ES payments: the acreage of the grouse moor has been obtained by measuring the ES map polygon. CAP payments to 'Harris & Sheldon Group Ltd'YesYes
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Upper Low Shaw - Simonstone Moor Yorkshire Dales4,126Not knownNot known£66,998Edward Johnson (solicitor in Hawes) and Ashwicken Sporting LLP NBought land title. Registered owners: Edward Richard Dawson Johnson, David Gordon Jackson & Ashwicken Sporting LLP. Price paid said to be £1m in 2016. Acreage obtained by measuring INSPIRE polygon. CAP Payments to 'Ashwicken Sporting LLP' for 2018, though these are registered in Perth, PH2, so may also relate to Scottish shooting estates.YesNo?
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High MoorPeak District790Not known£65,409£61,012Richard & Anne May, Lionlike LtdNCentral grid ref: SJ970695. CAP payment recipient is Lionlike Limited, whose owners are Richard and Anne May: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/02432104/persons-with-significant-control. Acreage obtained by measuring ES map polygon.YesNo
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Williamston EstateNorth Pennines700Not knownNot known£56,088Gill familyY? (Gentry)Owned by the Gill family for 300 years, see http://www.williamstonestate.co.uk/. Moorland stated to be 700 acres. CAP payments to 'Simon Neville Gill T/A Williamston Estate'No but see downloaded map - directly south of Featherstone EstateYes
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KepwickNorth York Moors2,500Not known£46,735.02£52,105.77Alex Digby Guthe. Leased to Sir Rocco Giovanni Forte. NSee https://www.fieldsportsmagazine.com/UK-Shoots/yorkshire-s-top-twenty.html and http://www.countrysportsyorkshire.co.uk/shooting/shooting-yorkshire/. Acreage figure: 'Kepwick Farms Ltd' in Land Registry Corporate & Commercial data, FOI response 2015. CAP payments registered to 'A D Guthe', in Thirsk, YO7 - nearby town. Kepwick Estate Ltd and Kepwick Farms Ltd - one of Directors is Alex Digby Guthe: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07653653. (Sir Rocco Forte, a British hotelier, has 26 active directorships including the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the United Kingdom and the Sir Rocco Forte ltd. chain of hotels. An interview with Sir Rocco Forte, including on how he thinks tax is too high in the UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11499745/Sir-Rocco-Forte-We-suffer-from-disgraceful-levels-of-taxation-in-this-country.html)NoNo
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Cotherstone EstateNorth Pennines6,000£40,489£61,697£47,474Cotherstone Estate Partnership - Henry Merton HendersonYLand title registered to 'The Cotherstone Estate Partnership, The Estate Office,
West Woodhay House, West Woodhay, Newbury RG20 0BS.' No entry on Companies House for 'Cotherstone Estate Partnership', but other firms at registered address (and mention of name in land title) point to Henry Merton Henderson (descendent of baronets and marquesses, see http://www.thepeerage.com/p5249.htm). See also evidence submitted by Cotherstone Estate to Parliamentary debate on grouse shooting, Oct 2016; also http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/cotherstone-gamekeeper-working-to-help-sheep-and-grouse-co-exist
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Croglin MoorNorth Pennines4,324£37,467£41,624£45,878David Michael William HodgkissNOwnership attested to by land title. 2016 CAP payments entry is for D M W Hodgkiss, registered in Cockermouth; 2018 CAP payments to Hodgkiss D M W, in Penrith (ie both in the area). Formerly owned by the Croglin Estate Co Ltd, run by Martin George & Michael George, who sold it to take up Stanhope Moor instead. A recent blog about a day's shooting at Croglin, mentioning David Hodgkiss as the owner, is here: http://www.dogworld.co.uk/product.php/121842/1/bench_and_field___a_long_and_hard_day_on_the_heather_at_croglin_estate_by_david_hudsonYesYes
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Allendale EstatesNorth Pennines8,000£58,352£45,934£43,280Allendale Estate / Allendale 1949 Settlement - Lord Allendale.YNews article states West Allenheads grouse moor is 8,000 acres: http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/lord-allendale-head-allendales-20000-4407719. Website for the estate: http://www.allendale-estates.co.uk/conservation/. CAP payments the sum of 3 rows registered by Allendale Settled Estates ('Estate D', 'Estate I', 'W-Fund')YesYes
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Caldbergh MoorNidderdale1,500Not known£63,954£40,570Caldbergh Moor Shooting Enterprise - James Harrison-Topham?NShown in CAP payments, and on ES maps - DL8, Leyburn. Acreage obtained by measuring ES polygon. In the ES payments map data, the contact given is "james@caldbergh.com". Googling this email address brings up James Richard Jarratt Harrison-Topham (see http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/h/a/r/James-R-Harrisontopham/index.html) who is this director of various investment firms: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/2s9-dgzLPz4lVjnsBcFH8b8TX3Y/appointmentsYesYes
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Wellhope EstateNorth PenninesMeasure polygonNot knownNot known£40,464Wellhope SyndicateNWellhope Syndicate' is the recipient of CAP payments for this area, which corresponds to Wellhope Moor. Neighbours Allenheads, Whitfield and Weardale estates: http://auction.heathertrust.co.uk/lots/auction/auction-2017YesYes
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Barningham & Holgate EstateNorth Pennines7,000£3,981£39,087£35,338Was previously Sir Anthony Milbank, first chairman of the Moorland Association, who recently died; unclear who now ownsNSource of land area figure from their business website ('Oven Ready Grouse') -http://www.ovenreadygrouse.co.uk/. 2018 CAP combined figures for 'Barningham Estate Farms' (£32,072.46) and 'Barningham Estate' (£3,265.25)YesNo
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Catlin EstatesNorth Pennines3,607£16,610£78,556£34,600Catlin Family?Acreage from INSPIRE polygon. See also: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03266652. CAP payments to Catlin Estates LtdYesNo?
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Wath EstatesNidderdale1,492£23,537£39,215£28,532Unknown.?Near Harrogate. Wath Estates Limited appears to have been dissolved: https://companycheck.co.uk/company/01117404/WATH-ESTATES-LIMITED/companies-house-data. Acreage calculated by measuring ES polygon. YesNo
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Knipe MoorNorth Pennines3,607£20,260£11,585£26,656Sackville-Tuftons - Baron Hothfield and familyYCAP payment registered under 'Messrs Tufton'. Land title registered to 'Edward Philip Sackville Tufton, Nicholas William Sackville Tufton, and Anthony Charles Sackville Tufton.' The Sackville-Tuftons (as Barons of Hothfield) have had a longstanding landed interest in this part of the country, and previously owned Appleby Castle (listed elsewhere in this database). See http://www.applebycastle.co.uk/AC/appleby-castle-history/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Hothfield.YesNo?
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Bleasdale EstateForest of Bowland6,000Not known£17,313.10£23,057Jeremy Silcock Duckworth N"There is a grouse moor of 6,000-plus acres" - http://www.thefield.co.uk/shooting/the-50-best-sporting-estates-22216. Ownership details - http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/shooting/shoot-reports/game-shooting-at-bleasdale-lancashire-11788. CAP payments registered to "The Bleasdale Estate" near Preston, Lancs. Located to the south of Abbeystead Estate near Oakenclough. Land title for one of the largest land parcels here registered to Jeremy Silcock Duckworth.YesYes
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Mallowdale EstateForest of BowlandMeasure polygonNot knownNot known£20,041Mr. C. Mason-Hornby & Mr A.R. Collinson, Mallowdale EstateYMapped from Lancashire Council's Highways Act s31.6 landowner deposit map. ES farm payments for part of this same area are received by 'C Mason-Hornby' (see https://farmpayments.anna.ps/), and total CAP payments registered to same recipient. Christopher Mason-Hornby is an agent for sporting agency Davis-Bowring, but the website bio states he is also "a Grouse Moor owner himself" in Lancashire. See https://www.davis-bowring.co.uk/sporting/ YesYes
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Lonsdale EstateCumbria9,000Not knownNot known£8,430.82Hugh Lowther, 8th Earl of LondsdaleYEntire area of Lonsdale Estates is said to 30,000 acres: http://www.lonsdale-estates.co.uk/. Estimated size of grouse moor 9,000 acres, from roughly measuring polygons of ES payments. Cross-checked with maps taken from Public Rights of Way declarations. Family has owned estate for nearly a thousand years. CAP payments for 2018 to 'Trustees of the Lonsdale Settled Estates 1992 sett'YesNo?
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Strathmore English EstatesNorth Pennines11,169£301,747£279,609£8,240Strathmore English Estates - Earl of StrathmoreYEarl of Strathmore has other landholdings in Scotland and much larger CAP payments from Scottish govt (e.g. in 2018, Strathmore Farming Company in Forfar received £396,463.72).YesYes
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Midhope MoorsPeak District2,471Not known£4,187.66£5,333Julian Richmond Watson, via Dunlin Limited (Wakefield Estates)NDunlin Limited is the registered owner, whose Person of Significant Control is Julian Richmond-Watson. His relation Dan Richmond Watson, of Wakefield Estates/ Wakefield Farms Ltd, is listed in Ethical Consumer report on grouse. See this blog by Mark Avery with maps showing the location of Midhope Moor: https://markavery.info/2016/05/06/i-object/. CAP payments registed to 'D F Wakefield Estate Limited' in Derby DE1, ie near the Peak District. Acreage of Midhope Moor = measured ES polygon registered to Wakefield Farms, corresponds to the location in the planning application maps on Mark Avery's blog.YesYes
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Appleby Castle Grouse MoorNorth Pennines8,030£3,749£7,477£4,804Trustees of Appleby Castle Grouse Moors?http://auction.heathertrust.co.uk/lots/1-days-mixed-shooting-for-2-guns-on-the-appleby-castle-grouse-moor. CAP payments to 'Trustees of Appleby Castle Grouse Moors'YesNo
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Totals380,517£4,886,502£7,099,640£10,983,718
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