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Cannock Chase Holiday Cottages Staffordshire



The Pagets & the Old Cottage


1st Baron Paget of Beaudesert      

(1506 – 9 June 1563), was an English statesman who held prominent positions in the service of three Tudor monarchs, Henry V111, Edward V1 and Mary 1. Born in Staffordshire, he was the son of William Paget, one of the serjeants-at-mace of the city of London.The apocryphal story says that his ancestors were nail makers  from Wednesbury.

In 1549 William was summoned by writ to the House of Lords as Baron Paget de Beaudesert. About the same time he obtained extensive grants of lands, including Cannock Chase.

Occupants of the Old Cottage

1819: Thos Harvey, of Fair Oak Lodge, managed the ‘Dog Kennel’, but didn’t live in it! Presumably, the dogs were the hunting dogs of the Marquis of Anglesey, a further title of the Pagets

1831: Still called ‘Dog Kennel’

1841: Thomas Cockayne




1881-1901 Shemwells colliers from Derbyshire

1911: Wm Bartram                  

Pre-1920 - 1990: Keeling family. The Old Cottage was purchased by Edw. James Keeling, the tenant, in 1920, for £200. Three generations of his family lived in the Old Cottage.

1990 - present: Dawsons

Most of the ancient oaks of Cannock Chase, were felled in the Tudor period by Fulke Greville. But, ‘The Chase’ is still full of the beauty expected of an AONB.

The Old Cottage

Beaudesert Hall was stripped of its contents and fittings and left to the elements; little now remains.

Diminishing income from their lands and properties caused the Pagets to sell estates, 1919 - 1926, and move to Plas Newydd, Anglesey.