Prinny’s Set: Charles Howard, the 11th Duke of Norfolk

Charles Howard, the 11th Duke of Norfolk (1746 – 1815), was a friend of the Prince Regent.  The Dukedom also carried with it the hereditary office Earl Marshal of England but he was better known as the Drunken Duke. He was also the Dirty Duke who so hated bathing that his servants waited until he was passed out drunk before attempting to wash him. He was the lord of Arundel Castle which he reconstructed in 1815 for £600,000.

Norfolk could eat several pounds of steak at one meal. He was the leader of the Beef-steak Society which was established to honor English cuisine above French. The 24 members of the exclusive Society could bring a friend to the Saturday evening meeting in Covent Garden then, later, Bedford Coffee House. Prinny was admitted as a 25th member.

Tomorrow, More of Prinny’s Set. Rita Bay

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