The dining hall at San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst’s California estate
Journalist and spy Robert Bruce Lockhart records in his diary an account of a party given by Lord Beaverbrook at his Surrey country house, 25th May 1929:
Beaverbrook’s fiftieth birthday—he gave a large party to all his old friends of 15 years’ standing and a cheque for £250 [today worth around £12,000] to each guest. There was a lottery with numerous prizes amounting to £500 for the servants.
In a letter to a friend, PG Wodehouse, then a screenwriter in Hollywood, describes his stay at San…
Register today to continue reading
You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.
You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.
Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.
Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.
Already a subscriber? Log in here