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A bygone era..

illuminated-letterhe story of Beaverbrook is inextricably linked with that of its most famous resident, Lord Beaverbrook. Winston Churchill’s great friend, Lord Beaverbrook was one of the most powerful men in 20th Century Britain. A kingmaker, powerbroker (and sometime mischief maker), Lord Beaverbrook was a consummate politician and a publicist of boundless energy.

A Cabinet Minister during both World Wars, Lord Beaverbrook also held the title of “First Baron of Fleet Street”. His newspapers could make or break almost anyone – a tool he used to considerable effect to promote his friends as well as undermine his opponents. It was said that if Winston Churchill was Britain’s bulldog, then Lord Beaverbrook, via his Daily Express and Sunday Express, was surely its bark.

A colourful character who courted intelligent debate (and beautiful women), Lord Beaverbrook hosted the Great and the Good at Beaverbrook over a period of more than half a century and the Visitor’s Book reads like a Who’s Who of the 20th Century.

Lord Beaverbrook was both admired and feared, often at the same time: his good friend H.G. Wells is quoted as saying of him: “If ever Max ever gets to Heaven, he won’t last long. He will be chucked out for trying to pull off a merger between Heaven and Hell after having secured a controlling interest in key subsidiary companies in both places, of course.”

For his part, Churchill simply said; “Some people take drugs. I take Max”.

THE House

A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME

THE MANSION

The late-Victorian mansion, set among acres of prime Surrey parkland is built for businessman Abraham Dixon.

CHERKLEY REBUILT

Following a fire, Cherkley Court is rebuilt in the French Chateau style.

THE DEATH OF DIXON

Abraham Dixon dies.

FOR SALE

Whilst out driving with his friend Rudyard Kipling, Lord Beaverbrook notices the For Sale sign. He purchases the property after a single inspection, paying £30,000.

RENOVATIONS

Lord Beaverbrook spends a further £10,000 on improvements including the installation of electricity, heating, a swimming pool and one of the UK’s first home cinemas.

RADIO BUNGALOW

An installation called “Radio Bungalow” is used to communicate with Europe throughout the War. The house is purported to have been used as an alternative war bunker, hosting the entire War Cabinet on occasions.

THE SECOND FIRE

A fire causes Lord Beaverbrook to temporarily move out into Wellbottom Cottage.

NEAR MISS

A stray rocket falls on the Estate – narrowly missing the house.

CHERKLEY INHERITED

Lord Beaverbrook dies leaving the house to his 2nd wife.

LADY BEAVERBROOK

The Dowager Lady Beaverbrook dies.

THE RESTORATION

Restoration works begin on the house & gardens.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Beaverbrook is opened to the public.

LONGSHOT

The property is bought by Longshot Cherkley Court Ltd, who set about bringing the estate back to life whilst retaining its special character.

THE Man

MEMOIRS OF A LORD

MAX AITKEN

Max Aitken is born on May 25, in Maple, Ontario, Canada.

GLADYS DRURY

He marries Gladys Drury.

JANET AITKEN

A daughter, Janet Gladys Aitken, is born July 9th. (Dies November 18th 1988).

SOLD

Moves from Canada to the UK  –  Buys Cherkley Court.

A son, John William Maxwell “Max” Aitken, is born 15th February. (Dies April 30th 1985).

AN EVENTFUL YEAR

Becomes an MP.

Is knighted by King George V.

Buys a controlling interest in The Evening Standard.

PETER AITKEN

A second son, Peter Rudyard Aitken, is born (Dies at 35, August 4th 1947).

THE DAILY EXPRESS

Buys The Daily Express.

THE HOUSE OF LORDS

Is elevated to The House of Lords – taking the name “Beaverbrook” from a small community near his boyhood home.

THE SUNDAY EXPRESS

Founds the Sunday Express.

MINISTER OF INFORMATION

World War I – Beaverbrook appointed Minister of Information.

GLADYS AITKEN DIES

Wife, Gladys Aitken, dies.

SAUCEPANS FOR SPITFIRES

Beaverbrook’s friend, Winston Churchill becomes PM.

Beaverbrook is appointed Minister of Aircraft Production.

Beaverbrook instigates his famous wartime ‘Saucepans for Spitfires‘ campaign, asking people to give up their aluminium pans so that they could be melted down to make much needed Spitfires.

MINISTER OF SUPPLY

Appointed Minister of Supply.

MINISTER OF WAR PRODUCTION

Appointed Minister of War Production.

LORD PRIVY SEAL

Appointed Lord Privy Seal.

A POLITICAL END

Post war, Beaverbrook withdraws from politics, although he continues to support Churchill. His focus moves towards his business & newspaper interests and to writing & publishing historical & political books.

REMARRIED

Marries the widow of his friend Sir James Dunn; Marcia Anastasia Christoforides.

A LASTING LEGACY

Beaverbrook dies, age 85.