The Wadenhoe Trust – early years
The Wadenhoe Trust was created on 27 January 1981 out of the 1,000 acre Wadenhoe Estate of East Northamptonshire. The Trust comprises of 224 acres of woodland let to the Forestry Commission, 586 acres of farm land and the majority of the village of Wadenhoe. The Trust owns the freeholds of Wadenhoe House, The Kings Head public house, 26 houses, an office and a barn used as a garden shop by one of the tenants.
In 1988 the Trustees tackled their first major project when redundant buildings in the Home Farm yard were converted into 4 business units with one flat ‘over the shop’. The project was designed by John Wythe and was highly commended in the Rural Enterprise category of the 1992 Northamptonshire Business Environment Award Scheme for its contribution towards the business environment of Northamptonshire.
The second project was for social housing, in a rebuild of the Glebe Farm buildings leased by the Trust to a housing association for 125 years. The allocation criteria for this rented accommodation (3 houses and 5 bungalows) are; people in housing need with a connection to the village of Wadenhoe, or who have no appropriate housing alternatives or are either elderly or have restricted mobility or in need of specialist accommodation. The conversion was completed in 1993.
The remainder of the 1990s was devoted to consolidating the financial position of the Trust and modernising the houses when they became vacant.
Since then the Trust has been working on the projects described on the Home Page and has continued to improve its residential properties. In 2008 Mrs Ward Hunt bequeathed Dovecote House to the Trust and this property has been refurbished and let.
The Trustees are :-
A Hotson (Chairman)
JR Fowles (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs M. Laing
Trust Manager – Paul A Goldsmith