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Lady Redesdale & Debo at The Grand National, 1937

Lady Redesdale & Debo at The Grand National, 1937 From Culture in a Cold Climate: May 2012

The Mitford girls. British upper class sisters who were known for their beauty,  exploits and unfortunately making some very bad decisions. Their family history is fascinating.

The six Mitford Sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Four of them were published authors.

Lady Diana Mosely (Diana Mitford) with her husband Sir Oswald Mosley,  1977

Lady Diana Mosely (Diana Mitford) with her husband Sir Oswald Mosley, 1977

Nancy Mitford - The "French Lady Writer"

Son of one of the Mitford sisters living in a tent on a beach

1917. The Mitford family is a gentry (minor aristocratic) English family whose main family line had seats at Mitford, Northumberland. Several heads of the family served as High Sheriff of Northumberland. A junior line, with seats at Newton Park, Northumberland, and Exbury House, Hampshire, descends via the historian William Mitford (1744–1827) and were twice elevated to the British peerage, in 1802 and 1902, under the title Baron Redesdale.

1917. The Mitford family is a gentry (minor aristocratic) English family whose main family line had seats at Mitford, Northumberland. Several heads of the family served as High Sheriff of Northumberland. A junior line, with seats at Newton Park, Northumberland, and Exbury House, Hampshire, descends via the historian William Mitford (1744–1827) and were twice elevated to the British peerage, in 1802 and 1902, under the title Baron Redesdale.

Mr and the Hon. Mrs Bryan Guiness (the former Diana Freeman Mitford), pictured at the christening of their elder son, Jonathan Bryan, at St. Margaret's, Westminster. His godparents were Evelyn Waugh, Randolph Churchill, Peregrine Willoughby, Cecilia Keppel and Miss Rosemary Mitford. The baby is seen being held by his nurse. Mr & Mrs Bryan Guinness at christening of their son, Jonatha circa 1930

Mr and the Hon. Mrs Bryan Guiness (the former Diana Freeman Mitford), pictured at the christening of their elder son, Jonathan Bryan, at St. Margaret's, Westminster. His godparents were Evelyn Waugh, Randolph Churchill, Peregrine Willoughby, Cecilia Keppel and Miss Rosemary Mitford. The baby is seen being held by his nurse. Mr & Mrs Bryan Guinness at christening of their son, Jonatha circa 1930

Unity Mitford leaves Folkestone for High Wycombe  January 1940

Unity Mitford leaves Folkestone for High Wycombe January 1940

Fame: Diana Mitford, who became the second wife of Sir Oswald Mosley was one of the daughters who lived in the mansion after it was built in 1926

Mitford house gutted by fire after blaze breaks out in drawing room

Fame: Diana Mitford, who became the second wife of Sir Oswald Mosley was one of the daughters who lived in the mansion after it was built in 1926

This photo belongs to Fiona Guinness. Published by kind permission in The Mitford Girls’ Guide to Life. Please do not use without appropriate credit.

Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

This photo belongs to Fiona Guinness. Published by kind permission in The Mitford Girls’ Guide to Life. Please do not use without appropriate credit.

Sole Mitford brother Tom, with the Churchill  family  ( they were cousins through Churchill's wife Clementine) and Charlie Chaplin. Tom was killed during WWII.

1931 Sole Mitford brother Tom, with the Churchill family (they were cousins through Churchill's wife Clementine) and Charlie Chaplin. Tom was killed during WWII.

Max Mosley, son of Fascist leader Oswald Mosley, marries Jean Taylor at the Chelsea Register Office, 9th July 1960. With the happy couple are Max's parents, Oswald and Diana Mosley.

Max Mosley, son of Fascist leader Oswald Mosley, marries Jean Taylor at the Chelsea Register Office, July With the happy couple are Max's parents, Oswald and Diana Mosley.

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