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Tom Yandle (Thomas Andrew Heath Yandle) (born 1935) of Riphay, Brushford, near Dulverton in Somerset, England, is a farmer and chairman of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and was High Sheriff of Somerset in 1999 and a committee member of both the National Trust and Exmoor National Park. He played a leading role in challenging both the National Trust's decision to ban stag hunting on the Holnicote Estate and the Labour government's ultimately successful proposal to ban hunting with hounds. [1] The Yandle family was previously resident at nearby Duvale an historic estate in the parish of Bampton, Devon. [1] In 1994 he purchased Northmoor House near Dulverton, and 100 acres of surrounding land, which he later sold. [2]

Dulverton a town in West Somerset, United Kindom

Dulverton is a small town and civil parish in the heart of West Somerset, England, near the border with Devon. The town has a population of 1,408. The parish includes the hamlets of Battleton and Ashwick which is located approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north west of Dulverton. To the west of the hamlet lies Ashwick House, built in the Edwardian style in 1901. Also nearby is the estate of Northmoor, formerly a seat of Sir Frederick Wills,1st Baronet of Northmoor, one of the four Wills Baronetcys, and the founders of the Imperial Tobacco Company. In 1929 Sir Frederick's son & heir, Sir Gilbert Wills, 2nd Baronet, was raised to the peerage as Baron Dulverton, whose principle seat was at Batsford Park, near Batsford, Gloucestershire.

Devon and Somerset Staghounds

The deer of Exmoor have been hunted since Norman times, when Exmoor was declared a Royal Forest. Collyns stated the earliest actual record of a pack of staghounds on Exmoor was 1598. In 1803 the "North Devon Staghounds" became a subscription pack. In 1824/5 30 couples of hounds, the last of the true staghounds, were sold to a baron in Germany. Today, the Devon and Somerset is one of three staghounds packs in the UK, the others being the Quantock Staghounds and the Tiverton Staghounds. All packs hunt within Devon and Somerset. The Chairman in 2016 is Tom Yandle, High Sheriff of Somerset in 1999.

Holnicote Estate

Holnicote in the parish of Selworthy, West Somerset, England, is a historic estate consisting of 12,420 acres of land, much situated within the Exmoor National Park.

He wrote:

As my father had a puritanical fear and dislike of drinking and pubs I never visited the Carnarvon Arms [3] until after he died, but later I discovered that he had met my mother in the bar there and had frequented the hotel for 30 years. He was then 54 years old and my mother 24. [4] and: My grandfather, a tenant of the Carnarvons [5] all his life, told his four sons: 'Always keep ahead of your station. Better to be a good farmer than a little poor gentleman, and a good workman than a little poor farmer.

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The descent of the Holnicote estate in Somerset, England, is as follows:


  1. 1 2 "Exmoor Oral History Archive, Somerset County Archive & Record Service". Somerset County Council. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  3. A famous sporting hotel at Brushford
  4. Spectator Magazine, 23 October 1999, Page 53
  5. Earls of Carnarvon, seated at Pixton Park, Dulverton