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Care worker inherits £50m Cornwall estate after DNA test

Jordan Adlard Rogers, 31, has inherited the Penrose Estate in Cornwall. Credit: BPM Media

A former care worker has inherited one of Cornwall’s finest country estates after a DNA test proved he was the rightful heir.

Jordan Adlard Rogers only officially discovered his father was aristocrat Charles Rogers following the 62-year-old’s death last year.

Mr Rogers’ family had lived in the 1,536-acre Penrose Estate - which is worth an estimated £50million - for generations.

The family gifted the estate to the National Trust in 1974 in exchange for a 1,000-year lease to live there.

Jordan was only able to prove his claim to the estate following his father's death last year. Credit: BPM Media

Jordan said he knew from the age of eight that Mr Rogers might be his father and made several unsuccessful attempts to get a DNA test done.

The 31-year-old said it was only following his father’s death that he was able to get the test completed, which proved he was Mr Rogers' illegitimate son.

Since moving into the lavish estate, Jordan has immersed himself in his newfound family’s history and said he wants to learn more about his father.

1536
acres of land make up the Penrose Estate
1771
The year the Rodgers family purchased the estate from the Penrose family for £11,000.
£50m
Estimate value of the Penrose Estate, which now belongs to Jordan
Jordan says he no longer has to work following his inheritance. Credit: BPM Media

I haven’t been here long and don’t know all the ins and outs but have been able to piece some of the puzzle together. Charles never actually lived in the estate. He lived in one of the estate’s farmhouses as his mum lived here so he never got the chance to inherit it. They died two weeks apart and his brother was also in line to live in the estate before him. It’d got to the point when he gave up on himself and was living in his car instead of his house as it was such a mess. The Rogers family gave the National Trust 46 cottages and a couple of farms and now the Rogers Family Trust produces income for the life tenant.

– Jordan on his family

An inquest last week heard Mr Rogers spent 40 years living as a drug addict and a recluse before dying in his car following an overdose on a heroin substitute.

Charles Rogers' brother had been a pilot with the RAF and his dad a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy, "so he had big shoes to fill", Mr Adlard Rogers said.

The estate makes money from investments in stocks and shares and renting a number of parcels of land to local farmers.

Jordan said he plans to set up a charity to help people in nearby Porthleven and Helston with his new-found wealth.

People say I'm lucky but I would trade anything to be able to go back and for Charles to know I was his son.

Maybe then he might have taken a different path.

– Jordan on his father Charles