Richard Bridgeman, 7th Earl of Bradford
The Earl of Bradford
|Tenure||30 August 1981 – present|
|Other titles||Viscount Newport|
|Born||3 October 1947|
(m. 1979; div. 2006)
Penelope Anne Law
|Parents||Gerald Bridgeman, 6th Earl of Bradford|
Mary Willoughby Montgomery
Richard Thomas Orlando Bridgeman, 7th Earl of Bradford (born 3 October 1947), styled Viscount Newport from 1957 to 1981, is a British peer and businessman.
Background and education
Bradford is the son of Gerald Bridgeman, 6th Earl of Bradford, and Mary Willoughby Montgomery. He was educated at St. Ronan's School, Hawkhurst, and Harrow School, just outside London, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Master of Arts in 1973. He succeeded to his father's title in 1981.
In 1979, Bradford opened Porters English Restaurant in London's Covent Garden. He later opened the Covent Garden Grill next door. In January 2015 the restaurants closed and Bradford moved his business to Hertfordshire, where he opened Porters Restaurant in Berkhamsted. The restaurant closed on 30 September 2018.
From 1986 to 1999 he was Chairman of Weston Park Enterprises. Because the 6th Earl left the family with large death duties, Bradford gifted his home Weston Park and 1,000 acres to the nation in 1986, with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, to the Weston Park Foundation. As of 1998, he is Chairman of VIP Internet Ltd, a website design company, which also operates its own websites, such as Stately-Homes.com, now sold, and A-London-Guide.com.
In 2001, he was a candidate for political office, running as a candidate for the UK Independence Party, he obtained 5.2% support (2,315 votes) in Stafford, losing to David Kidney, but achieving the 4th best result for the party. He ran again for UKIP in the European Elections for the West Midlands region in 2004, coming eighth, seven candidates were elected. In May 2012 he stood unsuccessfully for the party in a by election in the Hyde Park ward of Westminster City Council, with the support of celebrity nightclub-owner Peter Stringfellow.
Lord Bradford is an active campaigner against the sale of false titles of nobility and promotes the issue on his website, FakeTitles.com. Bradford has alleged that he has been subjected to an online smear campaign in retaliation for his campaign, with unfavourable reviews being posted on TripAdvisor and the appearance of fraudulent review websites.
On 15 September 1979, he married Joanne Elizabeth Miller, elder daughter of Mayfair bookmaker Benjamin Miller. They divorced in 2006. They have four children:
- Alexander Michael Orlando Bridgeman, Viscount Newport (born 6 September 1980), the current manager of the Bradford Estates.
- The Hon. Henry Gerald Orlando Bridgeman (born 18 April 1982), who married Lucinda Bodie on 27 May 2014
- The Hon. Benjamin Thomas Orlando Bridgeman (born 7 February 1987)
- Lady Alicia Rose Bridgeman (born 27 December 1990), who married Dr Philip Warrilow-Wilson on 1 September 2018.
On 30 August 2008, he married Dr. Penelope Anne Law, a consultant obstetrician and author of Expecting a Baby? One Born Every Minute.
- My Private Parts and The Stuffed Parrot (1984)
- The Eccentric Cookbook (1985)
- Stately Secrets (1994)
- Porters English Cookery Bible – Ancient and Modern, with Carol Wilson (2004)
- Porters Seasonal Celebrations Cookbook, with Carol Wilson (2007)
- Dinkovski, Noli. "Covent Garden's Porters to relocate to Berkhamsted". bighospitality.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- Weston Park Foundation
- "2001 General Election Results" (PDF). UK House of Commons. 7 June 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2007. p. 98, "Richard Bradford"
- "West Midlands' Euro candidates". BBC News. 14 May 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
- "Peter Stringfellow backs Ukip in London council by-election". BBC News. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Cramb, Auslan (11 December 2004). "How to lord it over your friends for only £29.99". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Connor, Alan (20 March 2006). "Paying for the privilege". BBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Notts Lordship site provokes anger". This is Nottingham. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Rayner, Gordon (18 January 2016). "Earl targeted by TripAdvisor smears as part of sinister online campaign against him". The Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 11 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- "Bridgeman/Bodie engagement". Peerage News.
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