Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

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Earldom Baldwin of Bewdley
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
Earl of Baldwin of Bewdley.svg
Arms of the Earl Baldwin
Creation date8 June 1937
MonarchGeorge VI
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderStanley Baldwin
Present holderEdward Baldwin, 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
Heir apparentBenedict Baldwin, Viscount Corvedale
Remainder to1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Corvedale
Seat(s)Manor Farm House
Former seat(s)Astley Hall
MottoWith the help of my God I leap over the wall
Stanley Baldwin,
1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1937 for the Conservative politician Stanley Baldwin. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1923 to 1924, from 1924 to 1929 and from 1935 to 1937. Baldwin was made Viscount Corvedale, of Corvedale in the County of Salop, at the same time he was given the earldom.[1]

The first Earl Baldwin of Bewdley was succeeded by his eldest son, Oliver. A somewhat controversial figure, the second Earl was a Labour Party Member of Parliament and for a time sat opposite his father in the House of Commons. On Oliver's death the titles passed to his younger brother, Arthur, the third Earl.

As of 2018 the peerages are held by Arthur's son, Edward, the fourth Earl, who succeeded in 1976. He became one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sat as a cross-bencher until retiring under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 in May 2018.

Alfred Baldwin, father of the first Earl, was also a politician.

The family seat was Astley Hall, near Astley, Worcestershire, and is now Manor Farm House, near Wolvercote, Oxfordshire.

Earls Baldwin of Bewdley (1937)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Benedict Alexander Stanley Baldwin, Viscount Corvedale (b. 1973) [2]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
A Cockatrice sejant wings addorsed Argent combed wattled and beaked Or gorged with a Crown Vallary lined and reflexed over the back Gold and charged on the shoulder with a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper
Escutcheon
Argent on a Saltire Sable a Quatrefoil Or
Supporters
On either side a White Owl proper, that on the sinister holding in the beak a Sprig of Broom also proper
Motto
Per Deum Meum Transilio Murum (With the help of my God I leap over the wall)

Line of Succession[edit]

  • Coronet of a British Earl.svg Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1867–1947)
    • Coronet of a British Earl.svg Major Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, 2nd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1899–1958)
    • Coronet of a British Earl.svg Arthur Windham Baldwin, 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1904–1976)
      • Coronet of a British Earl.svg Edward Alfred Alexander Baldwin, 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (b. 1938) Rep. Peer 1999–2018, followed by The Earl of Devon
        • (1) Benedict Alexander Stanley Baldwin, Viscount Corvedale (b. 1973)
        • (2) Hon. James Conrad Baldwin (b. 1976)
        • (3) Hon. Mark Thomas Maitland Baldwin (b. 1980)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 34405". The London Gazette. 8 June 1937. p. 3663.
  2. ^ Baldwin, Earl (UK, 1937), Cracroft's Peerage.