William Cavendish – 6th Duke of Devonshire


Marquess of Hartington until 1811, was a British peer, courtier, nobleman, and Whig politician. Known as the “Bachelor Duke”, he was Lord Chamberlain of the Household between 1827 and 1828 and again between 1830 and 1834. The Cavendish banana is named after him. Responsible for the building New (now Victoria) Street and the Shambles. Sold by auction many of the buildings in Wetherby in October 1824 To fund work on his house at Chatsworth, the Duke of Devonshire sold the Manor of Wetherby, with the exception of one house. It included many houses, businesses, a corn mill, and brewery. The 1824 sale catalogue included “nearly 200 dwellings”, “Two Posting Houses, Three Inns and Seven Public Houses”, “The Valuable Manor of Wetherby”, and “Upwards of 1300 acres”.

The Great Sale of 1824 made a significant difference to the town.

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