Credit-Crunched Aristocrat Selling Lake District Mountain to Pay Tax Bill

By Gary Cutlack on at

Hugh Lowther, who refers to himself as the Earl of Lonsdale when he wants to feel posh, is selling a 2,850-foot mountain in the Lake District for £1.75m. The money will be used to pay a tax bill, allowing the earl to avoid selling off any parts of the estate with tenanted properties.

As well as a mountain and 2,676 acres of ground, the land comes with a title -- buyers may call themselves Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld once the estate agent's completed the deal -- and grazing rights for 5,471 ewes, which might be handy come the apocalypse. [BBC]

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