Indian Prince Frederick Duleep Singh who devoted his life to preserving Norfolk and Suffolk’s heritage to commemorated | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News
PUBLISHED: 18:38 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 19:20 18 January 2018
He was a person of prestigious ancestry who devoted his life to saving a few of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most treasured landmarks, in addition to preserving its wealthy heritage for future generations.
And this weekend, the county can pay homage to a person of royalty whose passionate work protecting the realm’s historical past alive remains to be being felt at the moment.
Prince Frederick Duleep Singh was the son of Duleep Singh, the final King of Punjab.
Born 150 years in the past this month, he grew up at Elveden Hall close to Thetford earlier than learning at Eton and Cambridge University.
But he would commit his life to Norfolk and Suffolk, serving as Second Lieutenant within the Suffolk Yeomanry and a Major within the Norfolk Yeomanry between 1893 and 1909, rejoining to battle in France throughout the First World War.
He had a number of houses in Norfolk, together with Old Buckenham Hall, Breccles House and Blo Norton Hall, the place he turned identified for strolling to church on Sunday mornings in a chalk-stripe go well with with a hat and stick.
But his actual ardour was archaeology and historical past – and that was the place he made an indelible mark on the realm.
He was a member of a variety of heritage teams, together with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society – of which he was president in 1925–6 – the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, president the London Society of East Anglians, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Diss Choral Society.
Using his revenue from the India Office of £2,000 a yr, Prince Frederick constructed up a set of books and objects of antiquarian curiosity.
In Norwich he was instrumental in saving a variety of church buildings together with St Peter’s Hungate, St Peter’s close to Elm Hill and St Swithin’s, which is now Norwich Arts Centre.
In 1921, he purchased Ancient House in Thetford and donated it to the city, paying for its restoration to be used as a museum. He additionally donated work and artefacts that are nonetheless on show.
“We have the opportunity to tell the story of the development of this area because of the things he was able to collect and the sites he was able to save,” stated Melissa Hawker, studying officer at Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life.
“It was a life-long passion for him. He certainly had a huge impact on our understanding of this area in lots of different ways.”
His entry within the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography reads: “Dreading the restorer’s zeal, he advocated repairing old landmarks to retain their character, urging local residents to ‘preserve every bit of tangible history’ that still existed in parish churches’.”
To have fun Prince Frederick’s 150th birthday, Ancient House is holding a free occasion on Saturday, January 20 between 10am to 4pm, the place guests shall be ready to discover out extra about his life.
Curatorial trainee Sam Bellotti stated: “We are thrilled to have this chance to say thanks to Prince Frederick and additionally discover the story of his wider household.
“We are internet hosting a pop-up show about his father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, and we may even have a costumed suffragette character speaking about Prince Frederick’s sisters and their hyperlinks to the suffrage motion.
“This is particularly relevant as 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time.”
A household path will spotlight artefacts donated by Prince Frederick and Oliver Bone, Ancient House Museum curator, shall be readily available to reply questions on Prince Frederick’s legacy.
In the night the Thomas Paine Hotel is internet hosting a dinner and quiz in Prince Frederick’s honour.
Ancient House Museum is hoping to fundraise for a devoted Prince Frederick exhibition throughout this yr.
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