Englishcombe Parish is now part of the wide private estates of the Duchy of Cornwall which funds the public, charitable and private activities of The Prince of Wales and his family.

The Duchy consists of around 54,764 hectares of land in 22 counties, mostly in the South West of England.

The Duchy estate was created in 1337 by Edward III for his son and heir, Prince Edward, (later the Black Prince) and its primary function was to provide him and future Princes of Wales with an income from its assets. A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest surviving son of the Monarch and the heir to the throne.

The current Duke of Cornwall, HRH The Prince of Wales, is actively involved in running the Duchy and his philosophy is to improve the estate and pass it on to future Dukes -- Prince William and then Prince George -- in a stronger and better condition


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