Portrait takes centre stage at Langleys event

A special event at Newburgh Priory in North Yorkshire revealed an interesting connection between the stately home and one of the guests.

Hannah Phillip was among an invited audience at the private client briefing – which addressed a range of personal matters such as will planning and inheritance tax  – held by Langleys Solicitors, York.

Hannah is director of Fairfax House in the city – one of the finest Georgian buildings in England which is run as an historic house museum by York Civic Trust.

And hanging in one of the main rooms at Newburgh Priory near Coxwold is a portrait of Anne – the daughter of Viscount Fairfax who created Fairfax House in 1742.

Hannah said:

“The portrait at Newburgh is of Anne and her younger sister, Elizabeth. Anne was a great friend of Mary Bellasyse, the daughter of Lord Fauconberg of Newburgh.

“Viscount Fauconberg and Viscount Fairfax were also very good friends, and with their two estates being in close proximity to each other, this probably helped further the connections.”

The Newburgh estate is now owned by the Wombwell family and lived in by Stephen Wombwell, his wife, Helen, and their two children.

The private client briefing by Langleys provided information and advice on a range of personal matters including planning a will; inheritance tax; care home fees; property and estate; and family assets and relationship breakdown.

Giles Scott, partner in private client at Langleys Solicitors, said:

“This was a very successful event for Langleys. We were delighted to be at Newburgh where our guests also enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Priory.”

In front of the Newburgh Priory portrait of the Fairfax sisters are (from left) Giles Scott, partner in private client at Langleys Solicitors; Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House and Stephen Wombwell of Newburgh Priory

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