Great Bri­tish ec­centrics

Sir Tatton Sykes (1826– 1913)

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook - Il­lus­tra­tions by Emma Mccall

SIR TATTON de­spised flow­ers and, when he in­her­ited Sled­mere Hall in East Yorkshire, or­dered the de­struc­tion of all flowerbeds in the gar­dens. Not sat­is­fied at this, he for­bade any of his ten­ants to grow them and de­manded that cauliflow­ers were cul­ti­vated in­stead. Ob­ses­sive about main­tain­ing his tem­per­a­ture, Sir Tatton some­times wore up to eight coats at once: each coat was spe­cially de­signed to fit over the one be­low. At the age of 48, he mar­ried Jessie Cavendish-bentinck, who was just 18. It wasn’t a happy mar­riage and his wife took to Lon­don, where a string of lovers earned her the nick­name Lady Satin Tights. Mean­while, Sir Tatton con­tin­ued to re­side at Sled­mere and be­gan a love af­fair with rice pud­ding—in 1911, when a fire tore through the house, the old man re­fused to leave un­til he had fin­ished said pud­ding. Sid­ney His­cox

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