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Hard-up care worker inherits £50 million Cornish estate

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Published by Emma Carton at 11:00am 21st May 2019. (Updated at 11:38am 21st May 2019)

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A care worker has given up his job after a DNA test confirmed he is the heir of a Cornish estate worth £50m.

31-year-old Jordan Adlard Rogers had long thought he may be the son of Charles Rogers, a recluse who lived in Penrose Estate.

But offers from Mr Rogers senior to take a DNA test when he was younger never took place and Mr Adlard Rogers admits when he was older he was too busy to arrange one.

He told Cornwall Live he had made a request through his father's attorney last year, which was refused, before then finding out his father had died.

Despite inheriting incredible wealth and being able to give up his job, Mr Adlard Rogers said he would trade it in if his father could have known he was his son.

What do we know about Penrose?

The Cornish estate is 1,536 acres in size and worth about £50m.

The Rogers' gave the estate to the National Trust in 1974 in exchange for a 1,000 year lease which allows the family to live there.

Mr Adlard Rogers said: "I don't need to work anymore so want to set up a charity and help the Porthleven and Helston communities.

"I've been at the point of worrying about the next bill and have had a tough start in life, but now I'm here I want to help people. I'm not going to forget where I've come from".

The inquest into Charles Rogers' death heard he lived a reclusive life and his son confirmed he believed he was sleeping in his car rather than his house in his final days.

The Penrose Estate is home to the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall and a site of special scientific interest.

The grounds host a weekly Parkrun, while an outdoor activity festival is planned for September.

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