Madresfield Court is a country house in Malvern, England. The home of the Lygon family for nearly six centuries, it has never been sold and has passed only by inheritance since the 12th century; the present building is a Victorian reconstruction, although the origins of the present house are from the 16th century, the site has been occupied since Anglo-Saxon times. The novelist Evelyn Waugh was a frequent visitor to the house and based the family of Marchmain, who are central to his novel Brideshead Revisited, on the Lygons. Surrounded by a moat, the Court is a Grade I listed building; the origin of the name of the court is Old English,'maederesfeld', mower's field. Madresfield is not recorded in the Domesday Book but is mentioned in the Westminster Cartulary of 1086 as a possession of Urse d'Abetot, Sheriff of Worcestershire. Dorothy Williams, the Lygon family historian, notes that, by 1196, the manor was held by the de Bracy family who retained it for three centuries until the marriage of Joan Bracy to Thomas Lygon in 1419-1420.
The marriage between Thomas, the Bracy heiress established the connection between the court and the Lygon family which has continued into the 21st century. Their only son Willam was bequeathed the manor of Madresfield by Joan's mother in 1450 and the house has been the home of the Lygon family since that time; the Lygons were substantial landowners, although minor gentry, until an advantageous marriage between Richard Lygon and Anne Beauchamp, one of three daughters and heirs of Richard Beauchamp, 2nd Baron Beauchamp in the late 15th century. In 1593 Madresfield Court was rebuilt. In 1806, William Lygon was made a baronet and subsequently ennobled as Earl Beauchamp in 1815; the family's position had been transformed by the death of a distant relative, William Jennens, in 1798. Known as "William the Miser", "the richest commoner in England", Jennens had amassed a large fortune through inheritance, stock dealing, property investments and money lending, his death saw his fortune split between three distant relatives, with William Lygon's share equating to some £40 million pounds at 2012 values.
The lack of a will saw the estate become subject to one of England's lengthiest court cases and Jennens, which ran for over 100 years. The case formed the basis of the suit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, used as the main plot device by Charles Dickens in his 1852-3 novel, Bleak House. In 1866, the title and Madresfield passed to Frederick Lygon, his elder brother, his father, both Henry, having died within three years of each other.}} Within the year Frederick Lygon pushed forward the major reconstruction of the court begun by his brother, a building programme that continued until the 6th earl's death in 1891. Madresfield was the home of the 7th Earl Beauchamp. Despite a prominent political and social career, the earl's homosexuality was a open secret. "Nonsense," Nicolson replied, "he said ‘Shut the door.’" In 1931 the earl was forced abroad following a sexual scandal instigated by his brother-in-law, the Duke of Westminster, Bendor Grosvenor. Jealous of the earl's "public reputation, his splendid offices and his male heir", Westminster intrigued to bring about Beauchamp's destruction.
Following the earl's exile, Evelyn Waugh became a close friend of three of the Beauchamp daughters and a frequent visitor to the house. Waugh had been close to Hugh Lygon, Beauchamp's second son, at Oxford; the central family of his novel Brideshead Revisited, the Flytes, are modelled on the Beauchamps. After their father’s disgrace, most of Beauchamp’s children took his, rather than their mother’s side, a marble bust of the countess was consigned to the moat. Charles Ryder, the narrator in Brideshead Revisited noted "More than the work of great architects, I loved buildings that grew silently with the centuries and keeping the best of each generation"; the historian David Dutton considered that Beauchamp's most lasting legacy was "the assumed portrayal of his family tragedy in Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited". Documents released by the National Archives in January 2006 showed that emergency plans were made to evacuate Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to Madresfield in the event of a successful German invasion following the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
Five years Worcestershire County Council's Historic and Archaeology archive confirmed that the 1940 plan was part of pre-existing 1938 invasion contingency plans. In the event of an invasion breaking out of a lodgement in Kent and threatening London, the whole UK government would move to Worcestershire with the Royal family residing at Madresfield. After the 7th Earl's death in New York in 1938, his son Lord Elmley inherited the court; the atmosphere created by the 8th earl and his Danish wife, was uncongenial to most of the rest of the family and Mary and Sibell left the house, none returning for fifty years. Before her death in 1989, Countess Beauchamp, endowed the Elmley Foundation to support the arts in the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire; the house was never opened to the public during her lifetime. From 1970, Madresfield Court was the home of Rosalind, Lady Morrison and Mona's niece and, as of 2012, it is run and lived in by her daughter, Lucy Chenevix-Trench. In 2014, an extensive remodelling of the interior of the house was undertaken by the interior designers Todhunter Earle.
Madresfield Court has never been sold or bought in its hist
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Hamann acted in Loriot's films Pappa Ante Portas. Hamann appeared as housekeeper Karsta Michaelis in the television soap opera The Black Forest Clinic in the 1980s and as Thea in medical drama Der Landarzt. From 1992 she played the title role in the ARD television series Adelheid und ihre Mörder. Evelyn Hamann read authors' works aloud at literary readings and narrated audiobooks, including Patricia Highsmith's crime thrillers. 1985–1989 – The Black Forest Clinic 1987 – Evelyn und die Männer 1989/1991/1992 – Der Millionenerbe 1989/1991/1992 – Kein pflegeleichter Fall 1991 – Glückliche Reise 1992 – Vater braucht eine Frau 1992–1999 – Evelyn Hamann Specials 1993–2005 – Evelyn Hamanns Geschichten aus dem Leben 1992–2006 – Adelheid und ihre Mörder 1995 – Das Traumschiff 1998 – Wut im Bauch 1999 – Ehe-Bruch 1987 – Ödipussi 1990 – Pappa ante Portas 1977 – Goldene Kamera 1987 – Goldene Kamera 1993 – Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1997 – Telestar "Best actress in a series" for "Adelheid und ihre Mörder" 1997 – Bayerischer Fernsehpreis "Best actress in a series" for Beste "Adelheid und ihre Mörder" 1997 – Goldene Kamera 1998 – Honorary Superintendent of the Bavarian Police Force 2000 – Deutscher Videopreis 2002 – Münchhausen-Preis Goldener Löwe Loriot German television comedy List of German language comedians Evelyn Hamann on IMDb Evelyn Hamann in the German National Library catalogue Hollywood Reporter: German actress Evelyn Hamann dies Short biography in German German newspaper article reporting her death