Tuesday, November 30, 2010

English landed aristocrats

More than a third of Britain's land is still in the hands of a tiny group of aristocrats, according to the most extensive ownership survey in nearly 140 years.

In a shock to those who believed the landed gentry were a dying breed, blue-blooded owners still control vast swathes of the country within their inherited estates.

A group of 36,000 individuals "only 0.6 per cent of the population" own 50 per cent of rural land.

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