In this 1957 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor is shown in costume for her character in the film "Raintree County." Photo: AP

The late Elizabeth Taylor was born at a wild swingers party in Cheshire. This is the extraordinary claim made by a man whose gandmother mixed with wealthy families in the area. According to the Daily Mail, Taylor’s parents were enthusiastic guest at gatherings of a “disreputable nature” in the village of Hartford.

According to the source, a local farmer in the area, Taylor was born unexpectedly during one of these get-togethers. Her parents, concerned that the birth would draw attention to their activities, rushed back to London to register the birth. According to the source’s late grandmother, the was also a cover-up concerning Taylor’s paternity. She was adamant that Taylor’s godfather, the millionaire Conservative MP Victor Cazalet, was her real father.

The 75-year-old famer set down his allegations in a letter to historian Mark Bevan last year.

“My grandmother hated Elizabeth Taylor. I asked why and she said that it wasn’t really her, it was her horrible parents,” he wrote.

“They were the swingers of their day. Her mother was suspected of affairs and her father was a practising homosexual.

“As it was illegal at the time, he couldn’t risk being caught in London, so they came up to Hartford in a large Buick car which wealthy Victor Cazalet bought for them.”

Elizabeth’s mother Sara is believed to have attended one of these parties while heavily pregnant in February 1932.

“Elizabeth was born unexpectedly in the night,” wrote the farmer.

“However it couldn’t be known where, so they rushed back to London and Elizabeth was registered as born in London next morning.”

The source went on to claim that Taylor knew the truth about her father.

Bevan, a former local newspaper editor, has found no extra documentary evidence to back up the claims, but is hopeful that locals will step forward to corroborate the story.

“I have no reason to doubt the story’s authenticity,” he said.

“When this came up I was astonished by it – it’s an astonishing gem.” - IOL