This estate took its name from the original owner, the Duke of Darlingford. Currently, it is owned by a prominent Portland family which produced a former Minister of Works, Ken Jones, and his brother, author Evan Jones whose poem "Banana Man" captures the essence of the Portland small farmer. Their mother, a Quaker missionary came to Portland from America, defying race and religious prejudice she married Fred M. Jones a hardworking farmer who later became the richest man in the parish.
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