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What price a peerage? How I bought a title

Arguably, it wasn’t a small amount of money that let me style myself as Merryn Jane Henderson, Lady of the Manor of Newton by Castle Acre in the County of Norfolk

By Merryn Henderson  

Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Archive/PA Images

“When I want a peerage,” said Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, “I shall buy one like an honest man.” The press baron was eventually ennobled without reaching for his cheque-book, becoming Lord Northcliffe in 1904. Today, any aspirations of easily-purchased grandeur are thwarted by the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

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