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Captain George Edward Wentworth Bowyer, 1st Baron Denham MC DL (16 January 1886 – 30 November 1948) was a British Conservative Party politician.

The Lord Denham
Lord Dennam.jpg
Comptroller of the Household
In office
21 June 1935 – 6 December 1935
Prime MinisterStanley Baldwin
Preceded byVictor Warrender
Succeeded bySir Lambert Ward
Member of Parliament
for Buckingham
In office
14 December 1918 – 11 June 1937
Preceded bySir Harry Verney
Succeeded byJohn Whiteley
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
11 June 1937 – 30 November 1948
Hereditary peerage
Preceded byPeerage created
Succeeded byThe 2nd Baron Denham
Personal details
Born(1886-01-16)16 January 1886
Died30 November 1948(1948-11-30) (aged 62)
Political partyConservative

Bowyer was educated at Eton and Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1910. He married Daphne Mitford, daughter of Algernon Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, on 27 February 1919. They had three children:

  1. Richard Laurence Grenville Bowyer (17 February 1920 – 29 January 1943), killed during World War II.
  2. Peggy Bowyer (b. 18 May 1925).
  3. Bertram Stanley Mitford Bowyer, 2nd Baron Denham (b. 3 October 1927), known as "Bertie"

Bowyer was active in local government and was president of the Urban District Councils Association. At the 1918 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham. He served as a whip for many years. He was vice-chair of the Conservative Party and became Comptroller of the Household in 1935.

Bowyer was knighted in 1929 and made a baronet in 1933. In 1937 he was created 1st Baron Denham, of Weston Underwood, Olney, Buckinghamshire.

He was elected as Senior Steward of the National Greyhound Racing Club and opened Oxford Stadium in 1939.[1][2]


  1. ^ ""£22M. More Spent On Gambling Last Year." Times, 16 Feb. 1957, p. 4". Times Digital Archives.
  2. ^ Baiden, Gary (2009). The History of Oxford Stadium. authorhouse. ISBN 978-1-4490-2054-5.

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