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Sources for business history

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Exhibition - Faith & Charity

7: Testimonial from staff of the Tring Estate

Tring Park in Hertforshire was the country estate of Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915). The original house was was built by Christopher Wren in 1670. The Rothschilds’ earliest association with the house dates back to the 1830s when they rented it for the summer. Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879), son of Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) finally purchased the property in 1872, making considerable alterations according to designs by George Devey. The new design resulted in a red-brick house in 18th century French style, with stone dressings and slate mansard roof.

Nathaniel inherited the property in 1879. Typically when greeting the many guests entertained at Tring, Lord Rothschild would receive them in the central hall before leading them into the morning room, panelled in exotic woods, with an elaborate fireplace and four built-in cupboards which housed his impressive collection of objets d’art. After Natty’s death, Emma was left a life interest in the house, where she lived with her son Walter (1868-1937) until she died in 1935. The house is now a school run by the Arts Educational Trust.

Social responsibility

Nathaniel and his wife, Emma were generous landlords, building over 400 modern cottages in and around Tring, complete with sewage arrangements and water supply. This testimonial records congratulations from the staff of departments of the Tring Estate including: Carpenters' Yard Department; Carriage Stables Department; Engineering Department; Farm Department; Game Department; Garden Department; Hunting Stables Department; Lodge Keepers (etc) Department; Museum Department; Office Department and Pensioners.

Detail of Testimonial from Tring Estate staff

Detail of Testimonial from Tring Estate staff