Charles Townshend

Raynham Hall was the home of Charles Townshend (1725 –1767), Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth from 1747 to 1756, and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1766 to 1767. His introduction of taxes (known as the ‘Townshend duties’) on the American Colonies was one of the factors which led to the American Revolution. The town of Townshend,Vermont, was named after Townshend in 1753.

A portrait of Charles Townshend by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Charles Townshend, a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds