A Man Whose Estate Played Host to Showbiz Elite

Written by Chief Editor.

An aristocrat who opened his ancestral estate to rock concerts featuring the likes of Elton, the Rolling Stones, and Oasis has died.


Baron David Lytton-Cobbold was the owner of Knebworth House and its 247-acre estate in Hertfordshire. Beginning in 1974, David hosted a series of concerts that continue to this day. 

According to, Queen performed their last show with Freddie Mercury at Knebworth in 1986 (before he stopped doing live events, due to his failing health).
Knebworth House also became a filming location for TV productions and films.
The 84-year-old had suffered from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife and four children. 
A film documenting the 1990 concert featuring Elton and other Silver Clef Award winners was released on DVD and Blu-ray.