On this day - 12th January 1895

Home » Latest News » On this day - 12th January 1895
Octavia Hill painting 35180

The National Trust is born

The National Trust was founded on 12 January 1895 by Octavia Hill (pictured), Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley. Over the last 120 years it has become one of the UK's largest charities, caring for historic properties and areas of beautiful countryside.

The idea of the National Trust was born when Octavia Hill was asked to help preserve Sayes Court garden in south east London.

Within a few weeks of the National Trust being registered under the Companies Act, it was given its first place — five acres of cliff top at Dinas Oleu in Wales.

In 1896 the first building was bought — Alfriston Clergy House in Sussex for £10 (about £600 in today's money).

Then in 1899 came the first Nature Reserve, with the purchase of two acres of Wicken Fen, near Cambridge.

In 1902 came the appeal for funds for the purchase of Brandelhow on Derwentwater. Many contributed to the appeal including the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise, and factory workers in the Midlands.

And today....

  • Each year 4.5 million cups of tea are served.
  • 39 pubs and inns are owned and run
  • There are over 61,000 volunteers
  • The National Trust looks after 778 miles of coastline.
  • There are over 5 million members
  • The Trust owns 49 churches, nine monasteries and eight billiard tables

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

liverpool-crown-court
Fri 18 Jan 6:02am  |  hits: 923

As reported by Crewe Chronicle:Two Cheshire men will stand trial in Liverpool later this year after pleading not guilty to charges related to the death of an Audlem man last year.Samuel Thorpe, 23, of Annions Lane in Wybunbury, appeared alongside Nicholas Hill, 35, of Moorsfield Avenue in Audlem, when they both appeared at Liverpool Crown Court Wednesday to answer the charges against...

Audlem Church - the view eastwards
Wed 16 Jan 6:08am  |  hits: 907

The new ECO3 incentive has now been released and is available for residents to claim — the goal of the scheme is to promote measures which improve the ability of low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households to heat their homes.The document that can be read by clicking on the link below the photo has been provided by local resident Nic Goodwin of Storm Energy. Nic suggests that it might be a...

shroppie-fly-sign
Sat 19 Jan 6:04am  |  hits: 788

The new managment have been in touch to let us now that the pub has a new page on Facebook.You can see the page by clicking here, or alternatively search for @TheShroppie on...