Cyril Lord

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Cyril Lord (12 July 1911 – 29 May 1984) was a British entrepreneur known principally for the manufacture of carpets during the 1960s.[1] Born in Droylsden in Lancashire, Lord spent his early years living in a community of textile mill-workers.

Lord was married three times. In 1936 he married Bessie Greenwood, and they had one son and two daughters before divorcing in 1959. In 1960, he married the author and journalist Shirley Florence Hussey (née Stringer, later married to journalist Abe Rosenthal) with whom he had one son. They divorced in 1973. In 1974 Lord married Aileen Parnell, widow of the impresario Val Parnell.

In the 1960s Lord sold some expensive rugs to film and television producer William Dozier and was paid by a cameo on the Batman TV series. [2]

The TV advertising jingle "This is luxury you can afford from Cyril Lord" was very well known in the 1960s. It was parodied in the song "I'm Bored" by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band as "This is boredom you can afford from Cyril Lord" on their debut album Gorilla (1967).

Lord died at his home in Barbados following a long illness.


  • Batman (1967, TV) - Carpet King (uncredited)


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