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Charles Ian Finch-Knightley, 11th Earl of Aylesford, JP DL (2 November 1918 – 19 February 2008), styled Lord Guernsey between 1940 and 1958, was a British peer.

BiographyEdit

Lord Aylesford was the elder son of Charles Finch-Knightley, 10th Earl of Aylesford, by Aileen Jane, daughter of William McCormac Boyle. He was educated at Oundle School. He served in the Second World War where he was wounded. After the war he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Warwickshire in 1948[1] and a Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 1954.[2] He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1958. In 1974 he was appointed to the new post of Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands,[3] a position he held until 1993.[1]

Aylesford resided at Packington Old Hall, Warwickshire.

Marriage & ChildrenEdit

Lord Aylesford married Margaret Rosemary Tyer (died 1989), daughter of Major Austin Arnold Tyer, in 1946. They had one son and two daughters:[4]

Aylesford died in February 2008, aged 89, and was succeeded by his only son, Heneage.[1]

The Genius of Waste ManagementEdit

The growth of the waste industry in the 1980s was a boon to Lord Aylesford. His father had left the estate at Packington with huge death duties. To pay the bill the Earl and his son set about gravel pit recovery. The mining extraction created a huge hole in the estate: the decision made after the flurry of new legislation to fill it with landfill waste. The success of this project led by the agent on the site, helped a whole new industry begin. The Earl made a profit, as his agent created a new hill above the park covering a plateau of several acres. The consequence of this was for government re-cycling models in favour of landfill.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 thepeerage.com Charles Ian Finch-Knightley, 11th Earl of Aylesford
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  4. The Peerage, Entry for 11th Earl of Aylesford
  5. BBC 4, The Secret Life of Rubbish

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Honorary titles
New office Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands
1974–1993
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Richard Taylor
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Charles Daniel Finch-Knightley
Earl of Aylesford
1958–2008
Succeeded by
Heneage Charles Finch-Knightley

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