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1700 – 1900

1713: Lady Theodosia Hyde, Baroness Clifton, marries John Bligh MP, bringing to the marriage a large fortune and her title to Cobham Hall

1725: John Bligh is created the first Earl of Darnley

1783: The Darnley Mausoleum is completed. The unique building was built for the 3rd Earl by his son and over two centuries later, featured in the BBC programme “Restoration”.

1819: The Duke and Duchess of Kent stay overnight at Cobham Hall on their way to Kensington Palace. Their daughter, the future Queen Victoria, was born just two weeks later.

1870: Charles Dickens dies. The Swiss chalet in which he wrote was displayed at the Great Exhibition before being moved to the grounds of Cobham Hall as a gift to his great friend, the 6th Earl of Darnley.

1882: The English cricket team leave for Australia to regain the then mythical Ashes. The team is captained by Ivo Bligh, later to become the 8th Earl of Darnley.