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Become a lord of the manor...

FORGET needing blue blood or a country estate - instant social elevation is going under the hammer this week.

Ordinary folk could become lords of the manor when four Midland titles are auctioned off.

The lordships of the manors of Rowley Somery, Rowley Regis, Coseley, all near Dudley, and Hamstall Ridware, near Lichfield, are among 32 manorial lordships and five feudal baronies up for auction.

Buyers will be able to call themselves lord of the manor and apply for a coat of arms which can be passed down through their family line for possibly less than pounds 10,000.

But they will not be able to claim a seat in the House of Lords. Property firm Strutt and Parker is helping organise the sale, to be staged at the Ironmonger's Hall, at Barbican in central London, on Thursday.

Many buyers will also receive historic documents, prestigious connections and ancient rights which go with the titles.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 21, 2007
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