Legacy Case Study - A precious gift

Remembering Anthony Calvert

We are often humbled by the enormous generosity of Landmarkers, and this is certainly true of Anthony Calvert. He had been a customer and supporter for many years, even expressing his intention to leave a gift to Landmark in his will. Only after his death did we learn that Anthony had left his family home, a cottage in the Cotswolds, to Landmark. This generous gift came without restriction and after much careful consideration our Trustees decided – with his Executors’ approval - to sell the building and use the proceeds to further our work. His great generosity will be long remembered and cherished.

We are delighted that Anthony’s amazing gift will make a significant contribution to the restoration of the Station Agent’s House in Manchester. A building at the fulcrum of Manchester’s industrial heritage, where railways and canals meet, and it will make a vibrant setting for a short break in the burgeoning cultural quarter. It played its part at the very start of inter-city rail services, and everything that would follow, making world-travel viable for all.

Family photos of Mr and Mrs Calvert and their house

The honey-coloured stone cottage, nestled on a Cotswold hillside near Andoversford, was the Calvert family home for more than 50 years. It has always been a magical place, including for the wider family, spanning three generations. Each have their own special memories, of happy holidays spent exploring the woods and countryside that surround it.

The family moved here in the late 1960s, when Terry had completed his three-year work posting in Australia. It was after Terry passed away in 1988, that his wife Edna, and son Anthony discovered the Landmark Trust. Both were particularly keen on the landscape and properties in Scotland.

Edna’s sister Jean, and her husband Bob, would sometimes join them on these Landmark adventures. The coastal appeal and remoteness of The Old Place of Monreith, was one such property visited by the four of them with Barley, the family Labrador.

Family of four sitting outside Monreith

Latterly, after Bob passed away, Edna, Jean and Anthony would continue to explore Landmark properties and enjoy their vacations together. A particular favourite was Cul-na-Shee on Kintyre, looking across the sea to the Isle of Arran. In the cool evenings, Edna and Jean would wrap up, light a small campfire, and sit on the beach, to reminisce and stargaze in perfect peace and tranquillity. When Edna passed away in 2007, Anthony gave a gift in her memory to help Landmark with the provision of outdoor furniture here.

Sadly, after a period of ill health, Anthony passed away in January 2022. Both he and Edna had decided long ago that their home should be left to the Landmark Trust. It is a legacy to the happy times and memories they shared on their Landmark holidays, and so that more historic and significant properties can be saved and restored for the pleasure of others to visit.

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