Earldom Baldwin of Bewdley

Arms of the Earl Baldwin
Creation date8 June 1937
Created byKing George VI
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderStanley Baldwin
Present holderBenedict Baldwin, 5th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
Remainder to1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Corvedale
Seat(s)Manor Farm House
Former seat(s)Astley Hall
MottoWith the help of my God I leap over the wall
Stanley Baldwin,
1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1937 for the Conservative politician Stanley Baldwin, who had served as MP for Bewdley from 1908 to 1937 and was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom three times (from 1923 to 1924, from 1924 to 1929 and from 1935 to 1937). He was made Viscount Corvedale, of Corvedale in the County of Salop, at the same time he was given the earldom.[1]

The first Earl Baldwin of Bewdley was succeeded by his eldest son, Oliver. A somewhat controversial figure, the second Earl was a Labour Party Member of Parliament and for a time sat opposite his father in the House of Commons. As a homosexual, Oliver had no children, so on his death the title passed to his younger brother, Arthur, the third Earl.[2]

The peerage was held by Arthur's son, Edward, the fourth Earl, who succeeded in 1976. He became one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sat as a cross-bencher until retiring under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 in May 2018.

Alfred Baldwin, father of the first Earl, was also a politician.

The family seat was Astley Hall near Astley, Worcestershire, and is now Manor Farm House near Wolvercote, Oxfordshire.

Earls Baldwin of Bewdley (1937)

Present peer

Benedict Alexander Stanley Baldwin, 5th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (born 28 December 1973) is the eldest of the three sons of the 4th Earl and his wife Sarah MacMurray James. Styled formally as Viscount Corvedale from 1976, he was educated at Bryanston School and Newcastle University, where he graduated B.Mus.[4]

On 16 June 2021, Corvedale succeeded his father as Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (U.K., 1937) and Viscount Corvedale (U.K., 1937).

The heir presumptive is Earl Baldwin's brother, James Conrad Baldwin (born 1976).[4]


Coat of arms of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
A Coronet of an Earl
A Cockatrice sejant wings addorsed Argent combed wattled and beaked Or gorged with a Crown Vallary lined and reflexed over the back Gold and charged on the shoulder with a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper
Argent on a Saltire Sable a Quatrefoil Or
On either side a White Owl proper, that on the sinister holding in the beak a Sprig of Broom also proper
Per Deum Meum Transilio Murum (With the help of my God I leap over the wall)

Line of succession



  1. ^ "No. 34405". The London Gazette. 8 June 1937. p. 3663.
  2. ^ "The 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Obituary". The Times. 24 June 2021.
  3. ^ Baldwin, Earl (UK, 1937), Cracroft's Peerage.
  4. ^ a b Burke's Peerage, volume 1, 1999, page 172
  5. ^ Morris, Susan; Bosberry-Scott, Wendy; Belfield, Gervase, eds. (2019). "Baldwin, Earl". Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Vol. 1 (150th ed.). London: Debrett's Ltd. pp. 457–458. ISBN 978-1-999767-0-5-1.