The sculptor who was banned from Beachamwell

Lady Aurelia Young in front of a picture of her father Oscar Nemon and mother Constance Villiers-Stuart.

Lady Aurelia Young in front of a picture of her father Oscar Nemon and mother Constance Villiers-Stuart.

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He was a renowned sculptor and made portraits of a spectacular list of high-profile world figures, yet Oscar Nemon was banned from visiting Beachamwell.

The fascinating reasons behind this ban on Nemon were given by his daughter, Lady Aurelia Young, to a packed meeting of the Beachamwell Local History Group.

She described how, when the Croatian-born Nemon fell in love with Patricia Villiers-Stuart, of Beachamwell Hall, he was a penniless refugee from the Nazi persecution which was to cost the lives of many of his family.

Nemon made portraits of a spectacular list of high-profile world figures including the Queen, the Queen Mother, Sigmund Freud, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Margaret Thatcher and many more.

Patricia’s parents strongly disapproved of the relationship and, having failed to prevent their marriage, banned the sculptor from visiting Beachamwell.

A news reel showed the unveiling of one of his most celebrated pieces, the statue of Winston Churchill in the House of Commons.

Lady Young also recalled her own childhood visits to her grandparents’ home in Beachamwell, and her many connections with the village over the years - sadly a village to which her famous father was never invited.