In the one of the most northern parts of Worcestershire lies the small but perfectly formed National Trust cottage of Rosedene. Built in 1849 along with the rest of Dodford, it is a cottage in the last community of the Chartist Land Company, which encouraged working people to buy into a lottery scheme in the hope of owning a few acres of land.
The cottage still has many of its original features, including fireplaces, wooden floorboards and a barn, echoing the original purpose of the cottage as a self-sufficient home. There is still a vegetable patch at the front of the house, tended by gardeners from nearby Hanbury Hall, and an orchard and wildflower meadow at the back.
Visitors can uncover the story of this radical time in British politics and hear the tale of the Chartist’s leader Feargus O’Connor through pre-booked guided tours which run on the first Sunday of each month, right through the winter. The cottage has also recently been adapted for longer stays and can be let out for holidays. To find out more, visit nationaltrustcottages.co.uk. We also welcome groups of up to twelve on guided tours. Please call 01527 821214 to get booked onto a tour.
Rosedene is open for guided tours on the first Sunday of every month. Tours run at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Please book before you visit.
For further information call: 01527 821214 or visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rosedene.
Photo: The beautiful red brick front of Rosedene – National Trust Images/Robert Morris.