A cot­tage in a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est with a truly smash­ing his­tory

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Se­ri­ous con­ser­va­tion­ists and school­child­ren alike will fall for this ru­ral cot­tage in Northamp­ton­shire, writes Lau­ren David­son.

Cherry Tree Cot­tage is in Ash­ton, a model vil­lage built in the late 19th cen­tury for work­ers of the nearby manor, home of the Roth­schild fam­ily.

The es­tate was built for Charles Roth­schild, the youngest son of the first Baron Roth­schild; he founded what would be­come The Wildlife Trust (and col­lected 260,000 fleas, now on dis­play at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum).

Ash­ton then passed to Charles’s daugh­ter, the zo­ol­o­gist Dame Miriam Roth­schild, who worked as a code­breaker at Bletch­ley Park dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and housed Jewish refugee chil­dren at Ash­ton Wold. Dame Miriam re­named the vil­lage pub The Che­quered Skip­per af­ter a rare but­ter­fly, and it is in this pub that the World Conker Cham­pi­onships were born.

In 1965, a group of reg­u­lars who were un­able to agree on the de­tails of a planned fish­ing trip de­cided to play conkers in­stead. The 51st cham­pi­onship, which now takes place in nearby Southwick af­ter out­grow­ing Ash­ton a few years ago, will com­mence to­mor­row.

Cherry Tree Cot­tage – once home of the first world conker cham­pion, Ron Marsh – is an end-of-ter­race prop­erty built with stone from the lo­cal quarry and thatched in Nor­folk Reed.

The three-bed­room house is Grade II listed, with stone mul­lioned win­dows, high ceil­ings and a front door painted in the distinc­tive es­tate liv­ery, Roth­schild Blue.

The prop­erty is for sale through Pur­ple­bricks for £350,000 (0800 810 8008; pur­ple­

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