Chance to be a lord or lady of the manor

PUBLISHED: 09:50 09 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:08 19 June 2014

The church at Bittering. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The church at Bittering. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2014

Members of the public have been given the chance to become a lord or lady of the manor as a Norfolk title is up for sale.

The manorial lordship of Little Bittering was first bestowed in the 11th century to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was later dethroned by William the Conqueror.

Now the title is back on the market with a price tag of £6,500.

The lordship no longer comes with land in the small mid-Norfolk village – but the title can be added to credit cards, chequebooks and passports.

Robert Smith, from Manorial Auctioneers of London, said the title would suit someone who lived locally. And he said that although lordships are mainly popular with British people, the current Lord of Little Bittering is an American who took up their title 14 years ago.

Famous families have held the village title, including ancestors of the current Duke of Norfolk in the 13th century, and the grandson of the philanthropist William Wilberforce, the Rt Rev Samuel Wilberforce, in the early 19th century.

Any interested parties should call 0207 582 1588.

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