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An aristocrat whose family owns a manor house that was featured in the Netflix smash hit Bridgerton and Brideshead Revisited was charged today with historic child sex crimes.
The Honorable Simon Howard, 65, is due to appear in Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday charged with indecent assault and gross indecency with a minor in the 1980s.
Castle Howard, which was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built between 1699 and 1712, has been the home of ten generations of the Howard family for more than 300 years.
Castle Howard, which has 145 rooms, is considered one of the best manor houses in the UK and also doubled as Brideshead in the classic television series Brideshead Revisted, as well as Clyvedon Castle in Bridgerton.
It has a magnificent art collection that includes antique sculptures, old masters, and works by Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.
A statement to the media issued on behalf of Howard, who resigned after 30 years in charge of the Ryedale manor house in 2014, said: “ After an initial interview under police warning in July 2018, the Hon Simon Howard of Malton, North Yorkshire, has been charged under the Sex Offenses Act 1956 and is due to appear in Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday February 15th.
“The charges of the Crown Prosecutor’s Office for indecent assault and incitement to commit an act of gross indecency are the result of a single alleged incident.
The incident is said to have taken place in early 1984 at Simon Howard’s home when he was married to his first wife.
“The entire Simon Howard family is shocked by these allegations and fully supports SH’s confidence that he is innocent of all charges, which he denies in the strongest possible terms.”
Castle Howard, which was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built between 1699 and 1712, has been home to ten generations of the Howard family for more than 300 years
A Castle Howard spokesperson: “Simon Howard is no longer involved with Castle Howard after resigning as a director and shareholder five years ago.”
A North Yorkshire police spokesman said: “A 65-year-old man from the Malton area has been charged with two counts of sexual offenses against minors.
The man is due to appear in Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday, February 15.
Castle Howard and the larger 10,000 acre 18th century estate is owned by Castle Howard Estates Ltd, of which Simon Howard and his older brother Nicholas were 50 percent shareholders each.
The Howard family is descended from Lord William Howard, the youngest son of Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk.
Lord William, known as ‘Belted Will’ took possession of Henderskelfe in Yorkshire, the site of Castle Howard as it now stands, as part of the inheritance from his wife, Elizabeth Dacre.
Castle Howard, which has 145 rooms, is considered one of the finest stately homes in the UK
Charles Howard, the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, (1679-1738) is credited as the creator of the house and gardens at Castle Howard as seen today.
The ownership was fictional Brideshead, both in Granada Television’s 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and in a two-hour 2008 film remake.
He has also hosted the ITV hit series Victoria, Sky’s The Queen & I, the BBC drama Death Comes To Pemberley and the feature film Garfield 2.
On Bridgerton’s launch, Sally Joynson, Executive Director of Screen Yorkshire, said: “ Bridgerton’s global success demonstrates Yorkshire’s strong credentials as a leading global film destination and Castle Howard looks magnificent on screen in the drama, where it appears as the location of Simon Basset’s estate.