Sunday 25 September 2016

The Lord Norton

Charles Bowyer Adderley, 1st Baron Norton
(2 August 1814 – 28 March 1905)

-SG- Re-reading part of the late Mick Woollett's Norton History the other day, my eye caught on the vague suggestion made by an elderly member of the family that, perhaps, J L Norton's forebears were connected in some way with a member of the English nobility - whose title was Lord Norton.

Without wishing to diminish in any way James Norton's many achievements in his relatively short life, this is in fact not feasible, as the family name of Lord Norton was Adderley. The first Baron, Charles Bowyer Adderley, was created in 1878 and he took his title from his property, Norton-on-Moors, Staffordshire.  He died in 1905, in his early nineties. And to be absolutely clear - he had nothing to do with our favourite brand of motorcycles.