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PostSubject: Benjamin Disraeli   Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:19 pm

The only property in the control of the Grenville family was the small ancestral home of Wotton House and its associated lands around Wotton Underwood near Brill.[14] The Grenvilles looked for ways to maximise profits from their remaining farmland around Wotton, and to seek opportunities in heavy industry and engineering.[6] Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (titled Marquess of Chandos following the death of his grandfather Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos in 1839) was appointed chairman of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) on 27 May 1857.[6] After the death of his father on 29 July 1861 he became 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos,[10] and resigned from chairmanship of the LNWR, returning to Wotton House to manage the family's estates.[6] His efforts to pay debts incurred by his father earned praise from Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli,[15] and in 1875 he was appointed Governor of Madras, serving until 1880.[15]
[edit] Early railways in the Aylesbury Vale

On 15 June 1839 entrepreneur and former Member of Parliament for Buckingham, Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Baronet, opened the Aylesbury Railway.[4] Built under the direction of Robert Stephenson,[16] it connected the London and Birmingham Railway's Cheddington railway station on the West Coast Main Line to Aylesbury High Street railway station in eastern Aylesbury, the first station in the Aylesbury Vale.[6] On 1 October 1863 the Wycombe Railway opened a branch from Princes Risborough railway station to Aylesbury railway station on the western side of Aylesbury, leaving Aylesbury as the terminus of two small and unconnected branch lines.[6]



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