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Heatherfield is an unplottable estate in north-eastern Yorkshire located somewhere between Scarborough and Middlesbrough, right in the heart of North York Moor.Blood Status:
Heatherfield Hall is a large stone house situated right in the heart of the moors overlooking a richly colourful landscape dominated by bog asphodel, ling heather and bristly haircap moss. The house interior is done mainly in tudor style with dark oak panelling, strapwork ceilings and wide stone fireplaces which keep the otherwise draughty house warm. Like in so many old houses, plenty of secret doors and passages has been incorporated into the design and whilst some may have been so cleverly concealed that they have fallen into oblivion over the centuries, others are still frequently used by its occupants. The furniture is heavy and oversized, and almost solely made of dark oak with bulbous legs and enriched with detailed carvings. It is a grand house but many of the more lavish baroque and rococo furniture which brought a sense of light and extravaganza to the place has been sold or lost over the centuries and left is a darker, more rustic home predominated by hide rugs, hunting trophies, and cast iron chandeliers. Although a shadow of its former glory, Heatherfield does still have an impressive collection of books and antiques, and even a wide assortment of medieval torture devices which are hidden away in the dungeon. All of the family portraits and tapestries depicting historical events remain as well, and hang on the walls of Heatherfield Hall as a bitter reminder of the grand old days.
Notable Family MembersFolke Sigridsson later known as Folke of Lanchester Born sometime during the 9th century.
Son of Sigrid Ullsdotter. Successfully defended the village of Lanchester against an attack by Anglo-Saxons which earned him the title Jarl of Lanchester. Became known as Folke of Lanchester and is presumed to be the progenitor in the Lanchester lineage.Baird Lanchester 894 - 1020
Great grandson of Folke of Lanchester. First Lanchester to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sorted into Slytherin and is said to have been taught by Salazar Slytherin himself. Lived to the great age of 126 when he died peacefully in his sleep.Eldric Lanchester aka Eldric the Brave 1433 - 1531
Fought in the Battle of Bosworth Field and was awarded Heatherfield which would become Lanchester's ancestral home.Edmund Lanchester 1459 - 1531
Son of Eldric Lanchester. Fought alongside his father in the Battle of Bosworth Field.Edward Lanchester 1494 - 1609
Son of Edmund Lanchester and father of Robert and Anne Lanchester, and later Frederick Lanchester. Went a bit senile in his later years but lived to an impressive age of 115.Anne and Robert Lanchester 1526 - 1552 | 1527 - 1551
Children of Edward Lanchester. Born only a year apart, Anne and Robert formed a special bond which grew beyond that of sibling love and which resulted in the birth of a son, Frederick Lanchester. Robert died young in a fever and Anne died shortly after from a broken heart, leaving behind Fredrick to be raised by his grandfather Edward and his wife. Robert and Anne’s relationship is one of many well-kept family secrets, but their love was nevertheless honoured after their passing and they were buried together in a beautiful tomb under a large 500-year-old oaktree in the Heatherfield graveyard.Frederick Lanchester 1549 - 1658
Son of Robert and Anne Lanchester but raised and believed to be the son and heir of Edward Lanchester. Well-known poet and playwright who wrote 29 plays and 187 sonnets. The first and only Lanchester to not have been sorted into Slytherin.Jane Lanchester aka Jane the Wicked 1573 - 1668
Daughter of Frederick Lanchester. Accused numerous muggles of witchcraft during the Great Witch Craze only for the pleasure of watching them burn or hang. Throughout her life she also managed to obtain a vast collection of medieval torture devices which still remain in the Lanchester family's possession. She never married and died of old age in her bed in 1668. The room has been locked since.Augustus Lanchester 1603 - 1705
Grandson of Frederick Lanchester and nephew of Jane Lanchester. Well-respected and widely liked man. Served as Chief of the Wizards' Council for many years. Receiver of Order of Merlin First Class.Aleister Lanchester 1670 - 1798
Grandson of Augustus Lanchester and brother of Mariella Lanchester. Strongly opposed the imposition of the International Statute of Secrecy as it would force the Lanchester's to withdraw their connections to the court and exploitations of muggles which had been one of the reason for the family's success in gaining wealth and power. Dethroned Baird Lanchester as the longest living Lancaster, acclaiming his long life to a strict diet of roasted boar, sautéed kale, Italian red wine and exceptionally smelly cheese. Ironically, he died in a boar hunting accident at the age of 128.Mariella Lanchester aka Mariella the Mad 1672 - 1689
Granddaughter of Augustus Lanchester and sister of Aleister Lanchester. Threw herself out of a window in the south wing. The reason for her self-inflicted death remain unknown but an unofficial theory is that she may have been sickened with a hitherto dormant madness birthed as a result of the incestuous relation between Robert and Anne Lanchester a century prior. The topic is consequentially taboo and never spoken of. Her ghost since haunts the south long gallery and the place is avoided accordingly.Phillip Lanchester 1755 - 1793
Great grandson of Aleister Lanchester and twin brother of Henry Lanchester. Close friend of Louis XVI of France and lived most of his life at the French court. He was arrested and later executed at the Place de la Révolution which caused quite a stir in the Lanchester household. How he came to be overpowered by a mob of French muggles remains a great mystery and quite a blow to the family pride. His body was never returned to Heatherfield for a proper burial and is the only Lanchester to not have a tombstone in the family graveyard.Henry Lanchester 1755 - 1848
Great grandson of Aleister Lanchester and twin brother of Phillip Lanchester. Renowned alchemist and wrote several books on the subject.Edmund Lanchester 1801 - 1866
Grandson of Henry Lanchester and brother of Victoria Lanchester. Notorious gambler and foolish businessman who dragged the family deep into debt which would affect the family for over a century. Died from an overdose of opium.Cathrine Lanchester 1804 - 1825
Granddaughter of Henry Lanchester and sister of Edmund Lanchester. Born with a disfigured arm, she was kept locked away and never attended Hogwarts. Died at the age of 21 from falling into a bog where she eventually drowned. It is said that her wails can still be heard when the wind sweeps across the moors at twilight.George Lanchester 1862 - 1894
Grandson of Edmund Lanchester. Known for his prestigious time at Hogwart where he was made Prefect in 1867 and Headboy in 1879. He was awarded the Duelling Trophy in 1878 after which he made Captain of the Duelling Club and won the Barnabus Finkley Prize for Exceptional Spell-Casting the same year, and upon graduation he was the proud recipient of Transfiguration Today Most Promising Newcomer award. Drank himself to an early grave.Ralph Lanchester1924 - 2016
Grandson of George Lanchester. Accused of involvement in Death Eater affairs which lead to his arrest in 1973. Was eventually cleared of all charges due to lack of evidence.Rose Lanchester1957 - 2000
Daughter of Ralph Lanchester. Sister to Victor Lanchester. Married to Bartholomew Montague. Convicted Death Eater and imprisoned in Azkaban until her death in 2000.Victor Lanchester1961 - 2057
Son of Ralph Lanchester. Brother to Rose Lanchester. Married to Lucrezia Flora. Death Eater who avoided imprisonment in Azkaban by claims of having been acting under the Imperius Curse. Fled to Sardinia upon the return of Lord Voldemort.Stefan Lanchester1989 - 2069
Son of Victor Lanchester and Lucrezia Flora. Worked all his life to clean the Lanchester's name from the dark arts, as well as making a prosperous marriage arrangement for his son, securing the family fortune for future generations.
Living Family MembersHenry Lanchester2019 - present
Son of Stefan Lanchester and Odella Greengrass.
Married to Wilhelmina von Württemberg.
Henry is a bitter man born from bitter parents who used their son as a tool to improve and secure the family fortune for future generations. Like his parents, he's a cold and uncaring man, and very proud and vain. Blood purity, status, and a good name is everything and he’ll go to any lengths to maintain it. He finds little pleasure in anything other than whisky. Most days are spent in his study where he sits and broods over a bottle of whisky, but he frequently takes long walks on the moor as well. He dabbles a little in the business of his wife's family as part of the marital agreement but it's nothing he enjoys very much. He's a surprisingly social man though, and has a close nit group of likeminded pureblood friends. He doesn't care much for politics however, and keeps out of it as much as he can.Wilhelmina von Württemberg2037 - present
Daughter of Niklaus von Württemberg and Johanna von Rosen.
Married to Henry Lanchester.
Wilhelmina was born in Germany and sent to England to be married as part of a business agreement. She is a woman of very few words and not only because she hardly speaks a word of English, but because she has been taught not to speak too much or have opinions, especially if it's disagreeing with her husband. She's very compliant and obliging, as she believes a lady should be. She sits in her rooms all day reading books or gazing out the windows overlooking the moors which she enjoys very much, particularly when the ling heather bloom. She seldom partake when her husband entertain guests which he does very frequently. She keeps some German-speaking friends however, whom she visits when her husband is away or too busy to notice her leaving the house.Caspian Lanchester2056 - present
Son of Henry Lanchester and Wilhelmina von Württemberg.Profile >>
The stories tell of Sigrid Ullsdotter; Jarl of Skara and daughter of a powerful pureblood family ruling large areas of Geatland and a family said to descend from Gondul herself. The great shieldmaiden Sigrid Ullsdotter set sail to go west to conquer more land and wealth for her family, and she lead four successful raids on parts of the northern coast of England during the 9th century where she claimed rule over several villages. On one of Sigrid's voyages she captured a druid man by the named Eòghann with whom she would come to have seven children, one of which was Folke Sigridsson who was born in the village of Lanchester. Folke would at the age of fourteen earn his name as the son of the great Sigrid when he came to successfully defend Lanchester against an attack by Anglo-Saxons which also earned him the title Jarl of Lanchester. He became known as Folke of Lanchester and is presumed to be the progenitor in the Lanchester lineage.
Folke took a wife, a Scot pureblood witch with whom he had three sons. The Lanchester family remained in Lanchester for many years but it is said that they later went north to join the Scots where Folke lived out the rest of his days and his three sons all fought for the first King of Alba.
Little of the records of the Lanchester family since the days of Folke has survived the centuries, but the stories tell of Lanchesters continuously gaining land and power through conquests and alliances which lead to the family's growing wealth and influence. The Lanchester family's ultimate rise to power was in the late 15th century when they assisted in the defeat of the Yorkist king at the Battle of Bosworth Field. This earned the family a large piece of land in north-eastern Yorkshire where they would found the family estate Heatherfield Hall. The family remained faithful to the House of Tudor and provided various services throughout their reigns for over a century. The Lanchester family grew into one of the richest and most powerful pureblood families in Britain, peaking their reign in the 17th century with the appointment of Augustus Lanchester as Chief of the Wizards' Council.
His appointment as Chief brought up the family's involvement in the Battle of Bosworth Field and the Tudor courts as speculations arose of magical aid having been provided and this became something for which the family was investigated. No doubt a feeble attempt by Augustus’s opponents to have him removed from power. The family was eventually cleared however, due to lack of evidence, and the Lanchesters would remain a strong force in magical Britain for nearly two hundred more years.
By the 1850s however, the Lanchester family fell close upon ruin when gambling, foolish business speculations and numerous poorly judged investments dragged the family deep into debt. Much of their lavish collections of furniture was sold and all that was left was a dark house stripped of its former glory. The rich lifestyle to which they had been accustomed were no more and the family's financial situation would remain in a state of decline for many years.
Keeping to themselves and out of the political arena, the family's power quickly faded into the shadows of a bygone time and with that grew a bitterness which would come to infest the house of Lanchester for many generations. They still kept a firm grip on their place as one of the great, old pureblood families however. Perhaps not in wealth but at least in name and standing.
A new century dawned and the Lanchester's debt was slowly beginning to melt away. Any plans to rebuild the family wealth was put on hold however when the First Wizarding War broke out and Ralph Lanchester, a known purist, would come to be accused of involvement in Death Eater affairs which warranted a search of Heatherfield Hall. Ralph refused to have his home searched however, which lead to his arrest in 1973. Ralph was eventually cleared of all charges due to lack of evidence, but this wouldn’t be the end of Lanchester's involvement with the Death Eaters. Some years later, Ralph's children Rose and Victor Lanchester and some school friends who all admired Voldemort joined the Death Eaters to fight for the Dark Lord and his cause. Victor soon came to regret this decision and wanted out, but fear for his own and his family’s life lead Victor and he chose to remain faithful to the Dark Lord.
After Voldemort's defeat, Victor managed to avoid imprisonment in Azkaban like so many of his peers by claiming that he had been acting under the Imperius Curse. When the Dark Lord returned however, Victor in fear more than anything else pledged his allegiance to the Dark Lord once again and he was welcomed back into the circle of Death Eaters. Victor had no intentions to serve the Dark Lord again and he took his wife Lucrezia and their son Stefan and fled to Lucrezia's family on Sardinia where they remained hidden until the fall of the Dark Lord. The Lanchesters then safely returned to their home in Heatherfield.
With the scrutiny following their return, the Lanchester family led an attempt to reinstall their good name by steering clear of being connected with any families associated with the dark arts. They also made a well-thought out marriage arrangement for their son Stefan to improve their standing in post-war Britain. Like many arranged marriages, it was a loveless one and their sole mission as married was to further improve the family wealth. It was thus decided that their son and heir, Henry Lanchester, was to marry the daughter of the Württemberg, an old German pureblood family and owners of Germany's oldest and leading broomstick company looking to expand to Britain. The dowry and as well as her shares in the company would keep the Lanchester's fortune secure for many centuries to come.
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