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Sterndale, Baron (UK, 1918 - 1923)


Creation: let. pat. 14 Nov 1918


Extinct: let. pat. 17 Aug 1923


Family name: Pickford




Taken from the grant of supporters to the 1st Baron Sterndale on 3 Dec 1919.

Reproduced by kind permission of The Heraldry Society.


The wheels, horses and motto all allude to the Pickford family's business

of waggoners and transporters.  The arms, crest and motto were granted

to Lord Sterndale's grandfather, Thomas Pickford (1778-1846), in 1805.



Chequy Erminois and Azure on a Fess engrailed Argent a Wheel Gules between two Horses' Heads erased proper


A Demi Lion Azure holding a Wheel Or


On either side a Lion Azure charged on the shoulder with a Wheel Or


Celeriter (Quickly)



William [Pickford], 1st Baron Sterndale, PC

2nd son of Thomas Edward Pickford, of Manchester, co. Lancaster, and King Sterndale, co. Derby, waggoner, by his wife Georgina Todd Naylor, 1st dau. of Jeremiah Todd Naylor, of Liverpool, co. Lancashire


1 Oct 1848


18 Aug 1880 Alice Mary Brooke (b. 1 Jan 1853; d. 5 Sep 1884; bur. at Sibton, co. Suffolk), dau. of John William Brooke JP DL, of Sibton Park, co. Suffolk, by his wife Jemima Charlotte Brittain, dau. of James Brittain, of Grove House, Blackheath, co. Kent, and Buenos Aires, Argentina


1. Hon Dorothy Frances Pickford OBE JP (b. 1881; d. 3 May 1971; bur. at King Sterndale, co. Derby)

2. Hon Mary (Molly) Ada Pickford CBE, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Hammersmith North 1931-34 (b. 5 Jul 1884; d. 6 Mar 1934; bur. at King Sterndale, co. Derby)


17 Aug 1923 (bur. at King Sterndale, co. Derby)


14 Nov 1918 Baron Sterndale, of King Sterndale in the County of Derby


Barrister, Inner Temple 1874; joined the Northern Circuit 1874; QC 1893; Recorder of Oldham 1901-04 and of Liverpool 1904-07; Bencher, Inner Temple 1904; Leading Counsel for the Government in the North Sea Enquiry in Paris on the sinking of the British Trawlers on the Dogger Bank by the Russian Fleet during the Russo-Japanese War 1904; Commissioner of Assize, North East Circuit 1906; Judge of the High Court of Justice 1907-14; knighted 1907; represented Great Britian at the Diplomatic Conference on the Unification of Maritime Law at Brussels 1905, 1909 and 1910; Lord Justice of Appeal 1914-18; Privy Councillor 1914; Member of the Dardanelles Commission 1916 and Chairman 1917; Independent Chairman, South Wales Coal Coalition Board 1916; President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, and Judge of the High Court of Justice 1918-19; Master of the Rolls 1919-23; Chairman of the Committee of both House of Parliament on the Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill 1923


On the death of the 1st Baron Sterndale the Barony of Sterndale became extinct.


First written 11 Nov 2013



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