Thomas Patrick John Anson, the Fifth Earl of Lichfield. In 1960, Patrick Lichfield, best known by that name in his career as a photographer, inherited Shugborough from his grandfather the Fourth Earl of Lichfield, Thomas Edward Anson. It had been his grandfather’s desire to open the house to the public and a landmark agreement was reached to do just this in 1966. The National Trust took ownership of the property while Staffordshire County Council committed to lease, conserve and maintain the property for 99 years. It is thanks to this lease that the house, utilitarian buildings and gardens are as we see them today. Within the house, Patrick Lichfield had the private apartment created which he leased from the County Council. He also retained use of the island facing the house, on which he created his much-loved oak arboretum. Lord Lichfield continued to use the apartment and play an important role on the estate until his death in 2005. Aspects of Patrick Lichfield's life at Shugborough are celebrated in Shugborough Revisited, which includes the opening of his private apartments for the first time ever to the general public. His son, Thomas, is the current Earl of Lichfield.
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