Hugh Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Somerleyton
Page of Honour
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by The Duke of Argyll
Succeeded by Malcom Maclean
Personal details
Born Hugh Francis Savile Crossley
(1971-09-27) 27 September 1971 (age 45)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lara Bailey
Children John, Christabel, Margot
Parents Saville Crossley, 3rd Baron Somerleyton
Belinda Maris Loyd
Residence Somerleyton Hall

The Rt Hon Hugh Francis Savile Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton (born 27 September 1971) is a British restaurateur and hotel owner.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Hugh Francis Savile Crossley was born 27 September 1971, the fourth child and only son of Saville Crossley, 3rd Baron Somerleyton (1928–2012) and his wife, Belinda Maris Loyd. His siblings include: Hon. Isabel Alicia Claire Crossley (b. 1964), Camilla Mary Lara Somerleyton (b. 1967), Alicia Phyllis Belinda Somerleyton (b. 1969), and Louisa Bridget Vivien Somerleyton (b. 1974).[2]

He was raised at the family home of Somerleyton Hall in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He is the grandson of Francis Savile Crossley, 2nd Baron Somerleyton (1889–1959), and the great-grandson of Savile Crossley, 1st Baron Somerleyton (1857–1935), a Liberal Unionist politician who served as Paymaster General from 1902 to 1905.[3]

From 1983 until 1984, he served as Second Page of Honour to Elizabeth II.[2]

He was educated at Eton College and Anglia Polytechnic University.[4]


In 2012, Somerleyton succeeded to the title of 4th Baron Somerleyton, upon on the death of his father.[5]


He developed a business within the entertainment industry, initially bringing the Eastern Haze Festival to Somerleyton Hall.[6][7]

He formerly owned two Dish Dash Persian restaurants in London operated under the company name Empty Quarter Restaurants, which were sold after his holding company went out of business in 2004.[8][9] He presently owns the Fritton House hotel near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[10][11]

In June 2013, he opened a new restaurant in Norfolk.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2008, Somerleyton was described as the boyfriend of Jecca Craig,[1] a Kenyan socialite and former girlfriend of Prince William of Wales.[12] The following year, in 2009, however, he married Lara Bailey, with whom he has three children:[2]

  • Hon John Crossley (born February 2010)
  • Hon Christabel Maris Tessa Crossley (born 19 April 2012)
  • Hon Margot Phyllis Mary Crossley (born June 2014)


  1. ^ a b Walker, Tim (31 May 2008). "Royal rumble for Jessica Craig". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c The Peerage, entry for 4th Lord Somerleyton,; accessed 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  4. ^ ‘SOMERLEYTON’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  5. ^ a b "Chipping In". 13 August 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Eastern Haze festival tickets go on sale". EDP24. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Don't miss: Eastern Haze Festival". Norwich Evening News. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Aristocrat sells restaurants as his company goes bust (Hugh Crossley) (Empty Quarter Restaurants)". Caterer & Hotelkeeper. 23 September 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Middle Eastern promise?". Caterer Search. 19 March 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  10. ^ "Fritton House hotel, Norfolk". Caterer & Hotelkeeper. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  11. ^ Jackson, Nicole (21 January 2007). "Checking in: Fritton House". The Observer. London. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  12. ^ Eden, Richard (17 October 2009). "Prince William's former 'fiancée' Jecca Craig calls off wedding". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
Court offices
Preceded by
Marquess of Lorne
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Malcolm Maclean
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Savile Crossley
Baron Somerleyton
Heir apparent:
Hon. John Crossley