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Lordship or ladyship title for sale in Woodbury Salterton

Woodbury Salterton Image copyright Google
Image caption Woodbury Salterton lies near the estuary of the river Exe, seven miles from Exeter.

The Lordship or Ladyship of a West Country village is up for sale.

The Lordship of the Manor of Woodbury Salterton in Devon is on the market for a negotiable sum of £7,250, auctioneers said.

The buyer would be able to use the title Lord or Lady of the Manor on documents such as passports, chequebooks and credit cards.

It is associated with a wealth of history and allows membership of The Manorial Society of Great Britain.

The Lordship of Woodbury was a considerable manor at the time of Domesday Book (1086) when it belonged to the king, William the Conqueror.

Robert Smith, of Manorial Auctioneers Ltd, said it was expecting interest from a range of different people: "We do get zillionaires in China and Russia and America but also very ordinary people with disposable income," he said.

The last time it was sold was in 1997 for £14,250 to an US couple who owned Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, but nowadays people were prepared to pay only up to about £8,000 for the privilege, he said.

"The pricing is more in line with art and antiques markets than the property market. I think people don't have the dosh anymore".

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