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Sleeping dogs...


Visitors to Chester Cathedral who love dogs will be drawn to the elaborate tomb of Hugh Grosvenor(left) the first Duke of Westminster (13 October 1825 - 22 December 1899). Not only does he command a prominent position in the transcept but his tomb is also flanked by four talbots each of which carries a pennant bearing the family crest. A dog also lies at his feet.

Son of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster and Lady Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower, he married, firstly, Lady Constance Gertrude Leveson-Gower, daughter of George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland and Lady Harriet Elizabeth Georgiana Howard, on 28 April 1852.

Secondly he married the Hon. Katherine Caroline Cavendish, daughter of William George Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham and Henrietta Frances Lascelles, on 29 June 1882.
He was created Duke of Westminster on 27 February 1874, the most recent person neither born into nor related by marriage to the British Royal Family to be advanced to the highest degree of the peerage.

He had succeeded as 3rd Marquess of Westminster and 4th Earl Grosvenor in 1869. By the time of his elevation the family's London property in Mayfair, Belgravia and Pimlico had made it the richest family in the United Kingdom. He was one of the most successful British race horse owners of all time He spent 22 years in the House of Commons, before he inherited the Marquessate, elected as a member of the Liberal Party. He later served as Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and of London.