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UK The Salford 'saint' you've probably never heard of who gave away his fortune last minute news

MetiNews.Com - A borough of the city is named after his family

UK The Salford 'saint' you've probably never heard of who gave away his fortune last minute news
22 November 2020 - 11:00

Breaking News ! It's hard to believe these days but the Costa Del Sol was not always the booming tourist destination that it is now. In fact, it was from a quite unlikely source that the stretch of beautiful Spanish coastline was first transformed into the popular getaway which we know today. And, rather than a Spaniard being responsible for this monumental change, it was actually started by a man so tied to Salford that one of the city's boroughs is named after his family. As a young man, George Langworthy came into a huge fortune when his uncle Edward Riley Langworthy died in 1874. Read More Related Articles A 4-star hotel in a 16-storey tower could be built in Salford car park Read More Related Articles Sign up for news updates from Salford direct to your inbox with our new email newsletter The £35,000 he was entrusted with would be worth more than £2m today and it started him out on a journey which would lead him to become famous across Spain's Southern coast. The enigmatic figure is now the subject of a new book, written by author Mike Shapton who became interested after hearing about the man on a holiday in the Costa Del Sol ten years ago, The book, The Englishman of the Peseta: The Life and Times of George Langworthy, follows George from his early adventures after becoming a cavalry officer in his youth. Anne Margaret Roe and George Langworthy with their dogs after getting married (Image: Mike Shapton) He spent several years in India before returning to the U.K. and rising to be aide de camp to H.M. Inspector General of Cavalry for Great Britain and Ireland. Then, in 1899 he married the love of his life, Anne Margaret Roe, the daughter of the Chief Judge of the Chief Court of the Punjab in India. Three months later he received a severe injury in action with his regiment during the Boer War. And, once recovered, he left many of his military responsibilities as he and his wife travelled to Spain where they created their own little paradise in small a fishing village called Torremolinos. The entrance to the Santa Clara villa owned by George Langworthy (Image: Mike Shapton) The couple renovated a villa called the Castillo Santa Clara, updating the enormous gardens of the property and building vistas with picturesque views over the sea. But in 1913 George's life was flipped upside down by tragedy. His wife Anne died of pneumonia, aged just 40, leaving the Englishman shocked and bereft at his loss. The death of his wife had a profound impact on George who had already been a religious man but now threw himself fully into supporting the church and helping the needy. He briefly returned to England in 1914 to offer help during the First World War but was released on medical grounds and returned to Spain.

. Click on this link, enter your email address, and select 'MySalford News'. That's all there is to it. Over the next few years he would become famous across Andalucia as 'el Inglés de la peseta', the Englishman of the Peseta. Anyone could visit George and, if they could recite to him a verse from the bible, he would give them a peseta - enough money in those days to feed an entire family. "There's still a lot of people in Spain who remember him as a fantastic man," Mr Shapton explained. "The last day I was in Torremolinos researching the book I was having lunch in a bar and got speaking to a bunch of older locals. "One of them told me George was a saint. This man was probably old enough to have heard about him, maybe his family was helped by him." How Santa Clara in Torremolinos looked during the 1950s (Image: Mike Shapton) It was in this way that the Salford-born former soldier managed to give away every single penny of the vast fortune he had amassed during his life to the poor and needy around Torremolinos. Then, when he had run out of funds, George bequeathed his villa to the staff that had run it for him. For income, they converted the estate into a hotel, the first on the Costa del Sol. Guests there have been as varied as Salvador Dalí and the English romantic novelist Denise Robins, who wrote a book set at the hotel. "People thought George was a real gentleman," Mr Shapton added. "Most Spanish people at that time were either fisherman, so if they had a bad day they would have nothing to eat, or farmers, which was a really tough life." George died in 1945 (Image: Mike Shapton) George died in 1945 and is buried in the English cemetery in Málaga, next to his beloved wife, there is a memorial in his honour which still stands in Torremolinos today. To find out more about George Langworthy's life, you can buy The Englishman of the Peseta here. Alternatively, visit the publishers for more information.

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