Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
|Earldom Baldwin of Bewdley|
Arms of the Earl Baldwin
|Creation date||8 June 1937|
|Peerage||Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|First holder||Stanley Baldwin|
|Present holder||Edward Baldwin, 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley|
|Heir apparent||Benedict Baldwin, Viscount Corvedale|
|Remainder to||1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten|
|Subsidiary titles||Viscount Corvedale|
|Seat(s)||Manor Farm House|
|Former seat(s)||Astley Hall|
|Motto||With the help of my God I leap over the wall|
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.
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[update] 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.
Earls Baldwin of Bewdley (1937)
- Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1867–1947)
- Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, 2nd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1899–1958), elder son of the 1st Earl
- Arthur Windham Baldwin, 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1904–1976), younger son of the 1st Earl
- Edward Alfred Alexander Baldwin, 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (b. 1938), son of the 3rd Earl