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Cogges Heritage Trust is celebrating its fifth year of re-opening the manor and farm. From a shaky start it's gone from strength to strength. In fact, I heard that we are about to welcome our 200,00th visitor. Not bad considering we only had 11,000 visitors the first year we opened.


Thursday, 26 May 2016
Drystone walliing for the new season

Neil and team with the new Cogges sign.

I'm a volunteer at Cogges Manor Farm in Witney. Every winter Cogges closes its doors for the season. Apart from the highly popular Christmas market and seasonal p...

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Drawing of Wadard in the Bayeux Tapestry.

This season we have started doing Downton Abbey tours at at Cogges and I'm one of the tour guides. One of the facts I like to tell the visitors is that we have over a thousand years of history to our name. Some people believe that the mounds and bumps in the field beside the walled garden are the remains...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Patsy looking out the hole in the loft door.

I've been volunteering at Cogges Manor Farm, (also known as Yew Tree Farm in a certain ITV period drama), in Witney for about three years now. I've loved every minute of it. Being a people person, I love meeting and greeting the visitors that come through the doors, even the awkward ones who seem hard...

Friday, 26 June 2015
Elizabeth, one of our longest serving volunteers.

The week beginning Monday the first of June is National Volunteer Week. Cogges relies heavily on its volunteers and I thought I'd take this opportunity to write about the roles played by our dedicated team of volunteers.

 I’ve been a volunteer at Cogges since it re-opened in 2011. I w...

Friday, 5 June 2015

Sophie Grigson, declaring the day open.

On Monday 4th May, Cogges played host to a special event organised by the Rotary Club of Witney; the Festival of the Fleece. This event was organised in honour of the Rotary’s Diamond Jubilee. The event was free and attracted an estimat...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

I’ve been a volunteer at Cogges ever since it re-opened to the public on the 17th June, 2011. I remember the opening day very clearly. It was a typical English Summer day, the rain never stopped. But this didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of people who turned out to support us. There were lots of events going...

Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Anyone who follows my blog will be well aware of the fact that I’m a Downton Abbey fan and that I’m immensely pleased that Cogges is used as the setting of Yew Tree Farm, the home of Farmer Drewe and his wife, Margi. Having seen Lady Mary and Tom Branson visit the farm in series 4, in series 5, we found out that Farmer Drewe and his wife, were looking after Marigold, the illegitimate daughter of Lady Edith. The filming took place at Cogges over several days and I was lucky enough to be ar...
Tuesday, 17 March 2015