Lord Braybrooke of the Audley End Estate dies aged 85
PUBLISHED: 15:29 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 07 June 2017
Lord Braybrooke of the Audley End Estate has died aged 85.
He died peacefully at home at Abbey House, near Audley End House in Saffron Walden. The tenth Baron, who succeeded his father in 1990 was Lord Lieutenant of Essex from 1992 to 2000.
Lord Braybrooke had eight daughters, seven of whom have survived him and no sons.
Because women cannot inherit the title, his heir will be his fifth cousin, Richard, Ralph Neville, who reaches his 40th birthday this month. However a woman will inherit the estate, a second cousin once removed.
Though the Braybrooke family own the estate surrounding the house, Audley End itself is owned by English Heritage, it was bought for the nation from the ninth Lord Braybrooke, the late Lord’s father in 1948.
The Late Lord Braybrooke was born on January 29, 1932 as Robin Henry Charles Neville. Aged seven, during the Second World War, he was evacuated to Llandovery in South Wales where he stayed at the home of a retired guard of the Great Western Railway and it was there that he developed his lifelong interest in railways. There has been a minature railway at Audley End, open to the public since 1964.
The young Robin Neville went to Eton from the ages of 13 to 18 and on leaving was commissioned into the Command Rifle Brigade. From 1951 to 1952 he served with the 3rd Battalion King’s African Rifles in Kenya and Malaya.
When he came home, he read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating in 1955. He has honourary degrees from the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge.
A former pilot, Lord Braybrooke operated a small airfield on his estate, known as Audley End International Aerodrome. His other interests include dphotography and English motorcycles. At one time he rode a a 1965 Velocette.
Lord Braybrooke was married three times. In 1955, he married Bobbie, with whom he had five daughters, one of whom died in a riding accident. He had three more daughters with his second wife, Linda and married his third wife, Perina in 1998.
There will be a private family funeral followed by a memorial service at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden on July 21 at 2.30pm. No flowers but donations to Help for Heroes or Saffron Walden Parochial Church Council. Contact Peasgood and Skeates in Saffron Walden.