Viscount Stansgate, of Stansgate in the County of Essex, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1942 for the Labour politician, former Secretary of State for India and future Secretary of State for Air, William Wedgwood Benn. He was the second son of Sir John Benn, 1st Baronet, of The Old Knoll. Stansgate's eldest son and heir apparent, Michael Benn, was later killed in the Second World War; consequently, he was succeeded in the title by his second son, the Labour politician Tony Benn. He disclaimed the peerage on 31 July 1963, the day the Peerage Act 1963 passed into law and made it possible for him to do so. As of 2021[update], the title is held by Tony Benn's eldest son, Stephen Benn, 3rd Viscount Stansgate.
|Creation date||20 January 1942|
|Monarch||King George VI|
|Peerage||Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|First holder||William Wedgwood Benn|
|Present holder||Stephen Benn|
|Heir apparent||The Hon. Daniel Benn|
|Remainder to||Heirs male of the first viscount's body, lawfully begotten|
|Former seat(s)||Stansgate Abbey|
Stansgate is a hamlet near the village of Steeple, Essex, on the southern side of the River Blackwater estuary. The village has been home to several generations of the Benn family since about 1900. They live in Stansgate Abbey, described by Chris Mullin as "an ungainly, rambling 1920s house in a stunning location".
Viscounts Stansgate (1942)Edit
- William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate (1877–1960)
- Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, 2nd Viscount Stansgate (1925–2014) (disclaimed 1963)
- Stephen Michael Wedgwood Benn, 3rd Viscount Stansgate (b. 1951)
The heir apparent is the present holder's only son, Daniel John Wedgwood Benn (b. 1991).
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- "No. 43072". The London Gazette. 2 August 1963. pp. 6533–6534.
- "Stansgate Priory". Essex Family History. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- "Stansgate Abbey". Google Maps. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
- Chris Mullin (2011). A Walk-On Part : Diaries 1994-1999. Profile Books. p. 261. ISBN 9781846685231.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Rayment, Leigh. "Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page - Peerages Beginning With "S" (Part 5)". Archived from the original on 2020-05-09.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)