Grouse Moor Estates database 2016
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Grouse Moor EstateRegion/ areaAcreage (calculated from INSPIRE shapefile polygons unless otherwise stated in Notes)CAP payments (2014)OwnerNotes
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Gunnerside EstateNorth Pennines26,020£64,233.51OFFSHORE: 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. Could 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
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Townshends (owners not name of estate)North Pennines4,200£12,178.33The Honourable Mrs Charlotte Anne Townshend, ex-High Sheriff of Dorset CAP payment registered under 'The Honourable Mrs Townshend'
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Bollihope EstateNorth Pennines12,600None registeredArago Ltd of 42 Lowndes Street, London, SW1X 9HX - ultimately owned by the royal family of DubaiFor more on how it is owned by the royal family of Dubai, see this thesis: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/6250/1/6250_3605.PDF. Hat tip to Greenpeace Investigations team for flagging up link between Arago Ltd and Dubai royals
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Wemmergill EstateNorth Pennines15,676£291,698Wemmergill 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 northCould 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
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Appleby Castle Grouse MoorNorth Pennines8,030£3,749Trustees of Appleby Castle Grouse Moorshttp://auction.heathertrust.co.uk/lots/1-days-mixed-shooting-for-2-guns-on-the-appleby-castle-grouse-moor
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Reeth EstateNorth Pennines5,140£54,672OFFSHORE: 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.Acreage from measuring INSPIRE polygons. Outline of Reeth Estate corroborated from Highways Act s31.6 landowner deposit map
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Grinton EstateNorth Pennines5,461£32,539Earl Peel
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Mossdale EstateNorth Pennines3,731£54,741Mossdale Estate Partnership - Van Cutsem familyRaptor persecution, illegal traps set, manager given police caution - see Mark Avery blog: http://markavery.info/2016/06/01/poletraps-moors-caution/
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Lilburn EstateNorthumberland14,678£1,641,563Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership. Owned by Duncan Davidson, founder of Persimmon HomesArea of land calculated from Environmental Stewardship polygons. Maps deposited with council under Highways Act (1980) show estate to be larger still.
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East ArkengarthdaleNorth Pennines8,475.70None registeredOFFSHORE: Dale Ltd, incorporated in Lichtenstein, care of Farmoor Services, DL8 4UH.Value in 2011 of more than £1million, according to land title. Outline of East Arkengarthdale corroborated by Highways Act s31.6 deposit.
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Knarsdale EstateNorth Pennines2,107£28,551OFFSHORE: Knarsdale Estates Ltd, owned by Whitwham Farm Holdings, registered in Jersey. Beneficiaries are two US businessmen who bought the estate for £6m in 2013.
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Weardale Estates - land at Allenheads, Priorsdale Moor & Egglestone MoorNorth Pennines10,024£303,678Weardale Estates Ltd - own land at Allenheads and Egglestone. Owned by Michael Stone, former City banker, who bought 4,300 acres of the land from the Forestry Commission in 1984.Area 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
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Stanhope MoorNorth Pennines5,658None registeredWhitworth Holdings - Martin George, businessman Martin George with his brother formed Whitworth Bros, the baking, milling & cereal firm, which used to make Weetabix. See http://www.fieldsportsmagazine.com/Shooting-Grouse/grouse-magic-at-stanhope.html
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Strathmore English EstatesNorth Pennines11,169£301,747Strathmore English Estates - Earl of StrathmoreEarl of Strathmore has other landholdings in Scotland and CAP payments from Scottish govt
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Newbiggin EstateNorth Pennines7,190£20,919Daphne Elizabeth Scott-HardenAlso James Scott-Harden, on the Moorland Association board: http://www.moorlandassociation.org/whos-who/
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Allendale EstatesNorth Pennines7,339£58,352Allendale Estate / Allendale 1949 Settlement - Lord Allendale.CAP payments the sum of 3 rows registered by Allendale Settled Estates. Figure stated is area of INSPIRE polygon; news 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/
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East Allenheads & MuggleswickNorth Pennines (two locations)26,000£132,526Hermann 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)Acreage of Muggleswick & East Allenheads said to be around 13,000 acres each: https://cases.legal/en/act-uk2-267226.html. 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
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Walshaw Moor EstateNear Hebden Bridge8,525£275,584Walshaw Moor Estate Ltd - Richard BannisterAcreage 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
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Abbeystead - Grosvenor EstateForest of Bowland23,000£7,227Trustees of the 4th Duke of Westminster's 1964 Settlement (Grosvenor Estate)CAP 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 estate land outside grouse moors.
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Knipe MoorNorth Pennines3,607£20,260Sackville-Tuftons - Baron Hothfield and familyCAP 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.
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Barningham & Holgate EstateNorth Pennines7,000£3,981Sir Anthony Milbank, first chairman of the Moorland AssociationSource of land area figure from their business website ('Oven Ready Grouse') -http://www.ovenreadygrouse.co.uk/
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Scargill EstateNorth Pennines4,470None registeredAppears to be owned by a Christian charity, but grouse moors still operateMore information on the Scargill Estate: http://jadn.co.uk/jh/Scargill.htm
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Bolton EstateYorkshire Dales5,000£143,524Lord H A N BoltonSource of land area figure: http://www.boltonestate.co.uk/shooting/
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Blanchland EstateNorth Pennines (Co Durham)7,000None registeredLord CreweSource of land area figure - Two grouse moors mentioned here: http://www.lordcrewescharity.org.uk/about/blanchland
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Featherstone EstateNorth Pennines (Northumberland, bordering Eden)8,000None registeredFeatherstone Estate Ltd; unclear who ultimate owner is. Land area is approximate calculation from GIS data (drawing around multiple land parcels). Sold off neighbouring Knarsdale grouse moor in 2002
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Raby EstateNorth Pennines30,000£247,626Raby Estates - Lord BarnardMapped 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 figure is for entire Raby Estate (2 entries), which likely runs beyond grouse moors, but sporting estates clearly major part of estate. For more on the Barnard barony, see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/05/04/lord-barnard--obituary/
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Catlin EstatesNorth Pennines3,607£16,610Catlin FamilyAcreage from INSPIRE polygon. See also: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03266652
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Croglin MoorNorth Pennines4,324£37,467David Michael William HodgkissOwnership attested to by land title. CAP payments entry is for D M W Hodgkiss, registered in Cockermouth. 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_hudson
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Bolton Abbey EstateYorkshire Dales 13,500£193,033The Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Andrew Morny (who also owns Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District, with grouse moor there too) Total Bolton Abbey Estate is 30,000 acres, grouse moors comprise 13,500 acres - source: http://boltonabbey.com/the-estate/sporting/. 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.
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Grimwith EstateYorkshire Dales7,289£136,166John Alexander Yorke & Charles Scrope Edward YorkeCAP payment incorrectly recorded for 'Grimworth Estate', but clearly registered in same area. Land title registered to the Yorkes. More on the history of the Yorke family here: http://www.wrmitchellarchive.org.uk/node/77
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