Our big day


On Tuesday 18th September 2018 Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire,The Dowager Countess of Darnley, handed over the keys to Rodd Court to Richard Catt, Chair of the Trust accompanied by the Chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel, Edward Harley OBE, DL.

Fifty guests joined staff and Trustees, together with members of Mary Nolan's family whose executors had negotiated the transfer of Rodd Court to the Trust through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. Also with us were member of the Rennell family who had owned Rodd Court for much of its 400 year history before selling it to Sidney and Mary in 1982. A truly memorable and momentous day.

Edward Harley explained that Rodd Court was only the second house to be saved for the nation via the AIL scheme in the last 18 years - ie this century!. The scheme has saved many important works of art for the country and enabled them, as well as the properties it accepts, to be available for the benefit of the public. We will be announcing plans, in due course, for open days and events at Rodd Court in Spring 2019 after we have carried out some essential maintenance work.

We are very grateful to Celia and Tess Perceval, daughters of Mary Nolan, for their part in the successful outcome.

Grateful thanks to everyone who made the day go so well, with stunning dahlias from Sabina Ruber, supplemented by gifts from Trustees' own gardens, delicious catering by the Ludlow Catering Company and superb Herefordshire sparkling wine from the Black Mountain Vineyard.