Vernon family

The Vernon family crest with the moto 'Vernon always flourishes' © Dennis Gilbert

The Vernon family crest with the moto 'Vernon always flourishes'

Discover the many fortunes of the Vernon family

From their beginnings as the Elizabethan rectors of Hanbury parish, the Vernons rose to become one of the most prominent families in Worcestershire.

The Vernon genes brought forth the famous lawyer, Thomas Vernon, several local MPs and a baronet. However the same genes also gave rise to a Vernon who created one of the great domestic scandals of the late 18th century and another who felt more at home in Argentina than the green acres of Hanbury.

The story of the Vernon family has not run smoothly, as the family tree (PDF) shows, slightly contradicting the Vernon family moto - Vernon semper viret (Vernon always flourishes). It provides us with an interesting and intriguing tale for visitors to discover today.

Pick up a copy of the guidebook on your next visit to find out more. You can also join a morning taster tour, or talk to our knowledgeable room guides.

The key characters in our story

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