The Chaworth Family

12 Century – Patricius Chaworth arrived from France and settled in Wiverton, in the Vale of Belvoir
1440 – George Chaworth married the heiress Alice Annesley who brought with her the estate of Annesley, where her family had lived for 300 years
1628 – George Chaworth was raised to the peerage by Charles I as Viscount Chaworth
1765 – William, Viscount Chaworth, was killed in a duel in London after an argument with his cousin and neighbour Lord Byron (great uncle of the poet)
1805 – Mary Ann Chaworth, heiress of Annesley, married John Musters of Colwick Hall, near Nottingham, creating the name Chaworth – Musters
1831 – While the annual Goose Fair was taking place in Nottingham a messenger galloped in with the news that the Second Reform Bill had been thrown out of Parliament, and the already excited crowd had to be dispersed by the Militia. The next day the crowd reformed, burned down Nottingham Castle and proceeded to sack Colwick Hall. Mrs Chaworth Musters, with her daughter Sophia, soaking wet in the pouring rain, crouched all night in terror in the shrubbery while the house was looted and set on fire. She died at Wiverton a few months later from the shock
1832 – Following these events the Chaworth Musters family mainly lived at Annesley Hall
1973 – Major Robert Patricius Chaworth Musters, who served in the Coldstream Guards, sold the Hall and moved to Felley Priory, which his family had owned since 1822
1974 – He married Maria Monckton, daughter of the 8th Viscount Galway of Serlby Hall in North Nottinghamshire and together they started creating the garden as it is today
2010 – Maria Chaworth-Musters dies and Major Chaworth-Musters’ grandchildren, Sophia and Victoria, along with their father and step-mother, move into Felley Priory