Dog and Bear Lane
It was said that Lord Byron use to walk his pet bear from his estate to the Chaworth home Annesley Hall – the lane leading up to the Estate was called Dog and Bear Lane.
The fatal Dual
The great uncle of the poet was the 5th Lord Bryon, so-called "Wicked Lord William". He stood trial before the house of peers for killing his relative and neightbour Mr Chaworth. The quarrel arose because they held different opinions on the important philosophical subject of the best method of preserving game! William was convicted only of manslaughter and escaped further punishment on paying his fine.
The love story of Annesley Hall
The families, like the estates of the Byrons and Chaworths, were connected in former times. That is, until the fatal duel. The feud prevailed for a time but was thought to be cancelled by the attachment of two youthful hearts. Lord Byron (poet) was said to be in love with Mary Ann Chaworth, a beautiful girl, and the sole heiress of Annesley. Although Byron was a young man, Mary's father found Byron to be unsuitable as a son-in-law.