Duchess

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Casey Morris
 Feb 6, 2021
Love the show

Sara D.
 Feb 5, 2021
It's hard to hear Demetra properly but the the host's voice is very clear. Interesting podcast. Looking forward to the next episode.

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Welcome to Duchess - the podcast where the Duchess of Rutland explores the historic homes of Great Britain, and meets the inspiring women who lead them today. Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Stately homes are manors, palaces, and castles of great historic significance. They were built by the finest architects, adorned with the finest treasures and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. They homed the most powerful families and, with their wealth and social pedigree, shaped the world we live in today. Emma grew up far away from the aristocracy but her life changed forever when she married her husband - the 11th Duke of Rutland - and moved into Belvoir Castle. At once Emma became both a Duchess and custodian of one of Britain's most important buildings. The Duchess wanted to learn more about this world, these homes, and the other empowering women who, just like her, work tirelessly to ensure they see tomorrow. In this podcast the Duchess will travel to breathtaking homes, learn the epic tales of their construction, meet the historic figures that walked their halls, hear chilling ghost stories and the heartbreaking tales of romance. All of this whilst getting to know the inspiring, powerful women that work to find the delicate balance between preservation and transformation. Join Emma on a very special journey. This is Duchess, the podcast.

Episode Date
Lady Derby of Knowsley Hall
35:37
Episode Description: On the newest episode of Duchess, our hosts travels to meet the lovely Lady Derby of the beautiful Knowsley Hall. Lady Derby speaks to The Duchess about the unbelievably impressive Stanley family lineage, Lady Derby explains some of the challenges she encountered when first arriving on the steps of Knowsley Hall, the ladies discuss the estates astounding connection to Shakespeare, we are given insight into the equestrian pedigree of Lady Derby and the Stanley, and we hear first hand accounts of the what it’s like to run an estate during a pandemic.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “That was the most difficult thing during the lockdown. Everyone had to isolate. It was actually very lonely.” - Lady Derby  “It’s hard to describe a stately home life without realising it is very co-dependent.” - Lady Derby  “Having people in the home brings life to the house.” - Lady Derby “I have been totally reliant on the community I work with to find my way.” - Lady Derby “What these homes are really about is the community.” - The Duchess of Rutland About the Guest: Lady Derby, born Caroline Emma Neville, grew up in the stately home Audley End of the historic House of Neville. She studied History and History of Art in London City University before working as Assistant Surveyor to the Queen’s Pictures. She met her husband Edward Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby, in 1994. The couple would marry and have three children.  Knowsley Hall was built in the 1500s and has housed the Stanely’s for 500 years.  The Stanley’s are one of the most illustrious families in British history, with famous knights, prime ministers, and politicians all hailing lineage. The Derby race was named after them, as is The Stanley Cup in hockey. Now visitors flock to Knowsley Hall all year round to enjoy its many works of art, events and safari park.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/ (https://knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Feb 25, 2021
Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill of Blenheim Palace
36:25
Episode Description: On the third episode of Duchess, our host sits down with Henrietta Spencer-Chuchill in the breathtaking Blenheim Palace. We hear the amazing story of how the Palace came to be, and how one particular woman was fundamental to it’s construction, the ladies chat about Henrietta’s distinguished lineage, Henrietta’s memories of Winston Churchill, we are taken on a tour of the incredible architecture and interiors of Blenheim, and we hear about sacrifices former custodians have made to keep the Palace going.   Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “The heartbeat of a private heritage home is the family living in it.” Duchess “My father always said: We are still fighting the battle of Blenheim. The battle doesn’t stop. We will always be fighting for Blenheim.” Henrietta “Nothing is ever thrown away in a large house.” The Duchess “It’s my duty to look after such a wonderful and beautiful home. It’s a part of our heritage. We’re very lucky to be a part of it.” Henrietta “My motto is retain and restore, rather than rip out and replace.” Henrietta About the Guest and Stately Home: Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is an interior designer, author, and founder of Woodstock Designs. Henrietta, as the youngest child of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, grew up in Blenheim Palace.  Situated in Oxfordshire, the site Blenheim occupies has been associated with history and the aristocracy for centuries: Henry II’s mistress Rosamund Clifford lived on the site, Elizabeth I was imprisoned by Mary I for a time here as well. Blenheim, which is the only non- royal and non-episcopal Palace in Britain, was built by the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough in the 18th century. The Palace is replete with magnificent Baroque architecture and contains a number of priceless art pieces and heirlooms - many of which are related to Winston Churchill who was born in Blenheim Palace. Now, the estate hosts events throughout the year; including cinema screenings, concerts, and exhibitions. Blenheim Palace is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.blenheimpalace.com/ (https://www.blenheimpalace.com/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Feb 18, 2021
Lady Emma Ingilby of Ripley Castle
40:27
Episode Description: In this latest episode, The Duchess travels to meet Lady Ingilby of the amazing Ripley Castle. Lady Emma Ingilby takes the Duchess on a tour through Ripley’s fascinating history, Lady Ingilby explains what a priest hole is and why it was once very important in a Catholic home, we hear more chilling ghost stories, and the ladies discuss the sometimes isolating exclusivity of the ‘stately wives club.’   Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “Looking through history, you can’t underestimate the women who kept the home fire burning, kept the house going, and everything together.” - Lady Ingilby  “The secret to a great British garden is: ‘does it make you happy.” - Lady Ingilby “The first thing when you look around a privately owned stately house is that you sense it's a living, breathing home.” - Lady Ingilby “This job isn’t about money. It’s about service.” - The Duchess of Rutland About the Guest and Stately Home: Lady Emma Ingilby grew up in Yorkshire and is the daughter of Major Richard A. Thompson. Emma married her husband Sir Thomas, 6th Baronet, in 1984 and the couple have five children together.  In 2009, the family celebrated 700 years living in Ripley Castle, that extraordinary achievement spans 28 generations and began with Sir Thomas Ingleby when he acquired the estate through his marriage with Edeline Thwenge. The dowry of which aided Edward III to build Windsor Castle. The Ingleby family boasts a catholic saint, a blood connection to 9 members of the Gunpowder Plot, and the family crest has a boar on it after Edward III was saved from one by a family member on the estate. Today Ripley Castle is one of Britain's most iconic historic houses, and tourists from around the world travel to see it’s gardens, experience it’s history, and marvel at its treasures.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/ (https://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Feb 11, 2021
Demetra Lindsay of Hedingham Castle
38:56
EPISODE DESCRIPTION:  On this week’s episode, The Duchess meets Demetra Lindsay - custodian of the marvellous Hedingham Castle. Demetra brings The Duchess inside the walls of Britain’s best preserved Norman keep. We learn about the history of Hedingham Castle, we hear a beautiful love story that challenged the social norms of it’s day, Demetra introduces us to some ghostly residents who continue to walk the halls, and we take a tour down the wonderful gardens of Hedingham. Enjoy. Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. TOP QUOTES: “We bring our own passion to the homes while we are custodians of it. Which is a moment in time. When you look across to the keep that’s been here for 900 years it’s just a breath.” - The Duchess of Rutland “A sense of duty is something that’s key for running heritage.” The Duchess  “Living in heritage is a partnership with people.” - The Duchess of Rutland “A sense of responsibility is the essence of getting up in the morning.” - Demetra Lindsay “The secret to a Great British Garden is all about turning and finding a surprise.” - Demetra Lindsay ABOUT THE GUEST: Demetra Lindsay married her husband Jason in 2003. Prior to moving into the estate, Demetra was an architect. The couple appeared on Channel 4’s The Landscape Man, and continue to live permanently on the estate with their 3 children.  ABOUT THE STATELY HOME: The grounds of Hedingham Castle encompass over a 1000 years of history. Built in the 12th Century by Aubrey De Vere, one of William the Conqueror's most important knights, the castle is one of Europe’s best preserved Norman Keeps. For hundreds of years Hedingham was the seat to the Earl’s of Oxford and hosted some of the British Empire’s most important figures - King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I. Since passing from the De Vere family to the Majendies, who owned Hedingham for 250 years, the castle now finds itself with the Lindsays - who serendipitously are descendents of the De Vere’s. Hedingham Castle continues to marvel tourists and visitors, who can enjoy the grounds, keep, and armoury, at weddings and events all year round.  ABOUT THE HOST: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  RESOURCES: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk/ (https://www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Feb 04, 2021
Welcome to Duchess
03:02
As a young girl growing up in the idyllic Welsh countryside, Emma Rutland never could have imagined she would live a real life fairytale.  Born Emma Watkins, she met the 11th Duke of Rutland and fell in love. The couple married and Emma became the Duchess of Rutland. This transformation would thrust her into the world of the aristocracy - living in one of Britain's most important homes, Belvoir Castle.  The life of a Duchess was not just romance and glamour but also hard work and responsibility. Emma learned that everyday running a stately home is a battle and that she has to work tirelessly to ensure the castle sees tomorrow.  Emma wanted to learn more about the other stately homes of Great Britain, the history behind these estates, the families who call them home, and the other inspiring women who lead them today.  When her daughter Vi suggested a podcast, she knew she had to do it.  So please join Emma as she journeys through Britain, peeking behind the veil of history and aristocracy and meeting the empowering women who guide Britain’s stately homes today. This is Duchess, the podcast. About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations. Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.blenheimpalace.com/ (https://www.blenheimpalace.com/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.duchessthepodcast.com/)
Jan 28, 2021