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The Firs - Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar

   
Address : Crown East Lane
Address : Lower Broadheath
Town/City : Worcester
County : Worcestershire
Country : England
Post code : WR2 6RH
Phone : 01905 333 330
Web Site :  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs

This popular Museum, dedicated to the life and times of England's best loved composer, is situated 3 miles west of the cathedral city of Worcester.

 

 

The Firs, Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar is open seven days a week, all year round with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Elgar lived here for the first two years of his life and significantly said of his birthplace "I don't expect much from the nation, but if they ever think it worthwhile, I wish they would buy this little cottage, it's the only wish I've got, about the nation and me."

The National Trust now holds a five year lease for the stewardship of the property with the mission to keep this gem of a quintessential English cottage and the birthplace of a musical genius open and accessible to the entire nation.

There is a lot more to this exquisite property than meets the eye. The modern visitor centre boasts a contemporary, stylish tea-room serving barista drinks, light lunches and cakes. There are three exhibition spaces highlighting different aspects of Elgar's life and work, an introductory film room as well as a large space for concerts and talks which take place most weekends.

Nestled within the small village of Lower Broadheath, a traditional cottage garden stretches in front of his home. Elgar's only daughter Carice carefully remodelled the garden on an 1856 watercolour commissioned by the Elgar family when residing in the cottage. The grounds now include an expansive apple orchard picnic area; wildlife woodland glade and sound garden, all lovingly looked after by our garden team. Running through the property is a bridle path that can lead visitors to a whole host of walks through the countryside with views of Worcester city and the famous Malvern Hills.

The jewel in the crown, the Birthplace Cottage itself, takes you back to Victorian family life in rural England, where you'll discover a humble collection of personal family objects gathered by his grieving daughter after his death. Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers bring the story of one of England's most famous sons to life.

The Firs is a fast paced, visitor focused environment. Guests can really make a difference to the work done here by just popping in for a cup of tea, taking a stroll in the garden or listening to a lunchtime recital.

Elgar so fondly remembered his idyllic childhood that when given his baronetcy he requested to be called Sir Edward Elgar, First Baronet of Broadheath, a fitting tribute to this humble yet enchanting property.

We are ten minutes off Junction 7 of the M5 at Worcester, just off the A44 - simply follow the Worcester ring road (A4440). Do not follow Elgar Route signs.

BIRTHPLACE COTTAGE VIEW- PETER YOUNGELGAR SEAT-NATIONAL TRUSTELGAR WITH HIS BICYCLEINTERIOR COTTAGE - NATIONAL TRUSTTEAROOM VISITORS - NATIONAL TRUSTTHE FIRS SURROUNDS MISTY COMMOM-CREDIT MIKE FARDON


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