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Uploaded on May 20, 2010
Keele Hall has a royal bronze dragon - one of a pair dating back to the early 1900s when Grand Duke Michael of Russia and his wife, Countess Sophie de Torby and three children, rented this magnificent property for their summer residence and hosted numerous garden and house parties over ten years. Descendants of this family are part of the British aristocracy. A close friend of theirs and a royal visitor to Keele Hall was King Edward VII. Keele University was established in the 1950s. It has been visited by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, Chancellor.
The one surviving bronze dragon, a royal bootscraper, is usually referred to affectionately as Herbert, rather than its often mispronounced academic name of Seranus. The history and the legends can be traced on the university website.
The number of Herbert's descendants featured in this slide show is _.
Slide show by Grace Filby BA(Hons) Cert Ed (Keele, 1974) FRSA