THE MITFORDS

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire




Her Grace The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
Interview Extracts
Duration: 2.14 Minutes


Her Grace The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
Full Interview – Part One
Duration: 9.10 Minutes


Her Grace The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
Full Interview – Part Two
Duration: 9.48 Minutes



‘DEBO’


The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire – ‘Debo’ was the last surviving Mitford sister. The family lived and grew up in Swinbrook and whilst her sisters were desperate to escape “Swinebrook” as they called it – Debo loved her Cotswold childhood and had very deep attachments to this magical Windrush enclave. She still owned The Swan and The Mill Cottage next door.

My wife and I took the lease of The Swan nine years ago. We were already running the nearby Kings Head Inn at Bledington and were a little unsure of taking on The Swan as well, as we had just had our third child.??We were asked up to Chatsworth for lunch with The Dowager Duchess. Afterwards she showed us round The Chatsworth Farm Shop. She was so genuinely charming, amusing and “everyday” that on the drive back down to Gloucestershire Nicola and I decided that we couldn’t miss out on such an opportunity to work with her and thus signed the agreement and here we are today. We couldn’t ask for a more inspirational Landlady…

We hope that you find this informal interview, conducted in The Swan, entertaining and amusing. She has led such an extraordinary life that we could have talked for hours but I wanted to concentrate mainly on her connections and memories of Swinbrook and The Swan.??Well, here it is – the uncut interview….

A rare opportunity to see Her Grace The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, fondly known as Debo, on film.

Archie Orr-Ewing

 

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