Then there was the National Trust – created so the most precious properties could be managed for everyone, forever. A century on from her death, there are plaques and special services, but her real memorial is a Trust that has gone from strength to strength under its outgoing director general, Fiona Reynolds. She\’s welcomed children in, taken conservation out into open, and ensured that the dreams of Octavia Hill are alive as you or me.
When the aristocracy and the upper middle classes run out of money to pay for their gorgeous houses, invent a charity which pays for them to keep living in such gorgeous houses. Thus preventing the newly monied and upwardly mobile from living in them.
The National Trust is indoor relief for the formerly rich.