Cogges awarded National Lottery support

July 2018

Cogges awarded National Lottery support to secure the 1,000 years of history at this ancient Oxfordshire farmstead

Cogges has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £901,400 for the Cogges: 1,000 Years Plus project, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project will reveal an untold story of 1,000 years of history at Cogges Manor Farm for visitors, schools and community groups from across Oxfordshire. The project will begin in the autumn of 2018 and be completed within three-years.

The project, supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will bring the 13th century Manor House, farm buildings and wider landscape to life, reconnecting visitors with their rural past and telling the stories of the people who lived and worked at Cogges, their place within the Cotswolds’ rich farming history and its relevance today in the preservation of traditional skills and rural crafts.

Cogges appears in the Domesday Book and its history runs hand in hand with that of Witney and West Oxfordshire. As it has done over many centuries, it continues to play a vital role in supporting the local community and economy.

The 1,000 Years Plus project will make Cogges better for everyone, attracting more people and improving the experience for both visitors and volunteers, as well as enlarging its existing schools’ programme and opening up Cogges to a wider audience of learners and community groups. This will include improvements to buildings and spaces, new displays, and a programme of activities and events for people to get more involved in their local history and environment. There will also be opportunities for volunteers and young people to gain new skills, helping to secure the future of Cogges for the next 1,000 years.

Commenting on the award, Judy Niner, Chair of Cogges Heritage Trust, said: “This support from the players of the National Lottery is a fantastic opportunity for Cogges and all its visitors and volunteers. This special corner of Oxfordshire is for everyone.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund said: “I am thrilled that Cogges’ 1000 Years Plus project has been awarded nearly £1m National Lottery funding. 

Heritage makes a huge difference to people and the places they live.  It will be exciting to see how this fantastic project progresses and the positive effect it has on the local community now that funding has been confirmed.”

Notes to editors

*HLF Heritage Grants applications are assessed in two rounds. Projects are initially granted round one development funding, allowing them to progress with its plans.  Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award.

About Cogges Heritage Trust

Cogges Manor Farm is run by Cogges Heritage Trust, an independent registered charity (1141906) formed in 2011 to reopen, preserve and ensure continued public access to Cogges Manor Farm in Witney. Supported by over 180 volunteers, Cogges welcomes 50,000 visitors a year for enjoyment of the manor house, farm buildings, walled garden, farmyard and grounds; and a wide range of special events and educational programmes. The buildings are owned by Oxfordshire County Council.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

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Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Kim Hall at Cogges Heritage Trust on 01993 772602 or

For further information from the Heritage Lottery Fund, contact Siobhan Palmer / 0207 591 6056