20 January 1973
24 September 1974
George Barton Verney was born in 1910 at Miffield Hall in Beckindale, into the aristocratic Verney family, who had owned Miffield Hall for the last 400 years. As a child in about 1915, his nanny was a lady called Letty who ran off with a Colonel Winstanley who was killed in 1916 on the Somme in France. George Verney married a girl called Millie in 1935 and she died in 1938. George had a brother and a sister Marjorie Verney who wed in 1948 to Ronald Proctor. In 1966 he got married again to a much younger woman named Laura.
In 1973 George Verney's marriage to Laura Verney was falling apart. He enrolled the help of Beckindale vicar Rev Edward Ruskin. In March 1973, Laura Verney embarked on an affair with Jack Sugden and even had a secret holiday in London together. The same month, Jack blackened George's name and George gave Jack a horsewhipping outside The Woolpack. George and Laura's marriage later collpased and they divorced. In January 1974 George attended the Beckindale Hunt. In September that year he attended a village fete. Shortly after George decided to move to Cannes in France and live in exile over there.
George Verney died in September 1978 in exile in Cannes. His nephew Gerald Verney took over Miffield Hall and later sold it to conglomerate NY Estates. The hall was renamed Home Farm. This spelled the end of 400 years of the Verneys as lords of the manor in Beckindale.
George Verney was at least 4 or 5 by 1916 as he mentioned his nanny Lettie used to take him into Beckindale shop and bought him liquorice all-sorts and she used to meet her man who died in the Somme in 1916. This means George was born in about 1910.
The Verney family had built properties in the village and even had an oak tree named after them called Verney's Oak. In February 1988, Jack Sugden said Verney's Oak came down in a storm 20 years ago. This puts that event at around 1967 or 1968.
In 2005 Tom King mentioned the Verney family when he grew up in the village during the 1940s. He would have been referring to George as he was the lord of the manor then.
Died: September 1978 (Aged 68)
Full Name: George Barton Verney
Siblings Marjorie Proctor (nee Verney), 1 brother
Other relatives Oswald Verney (ancestor or distant uncle)
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