Pete Lake talking about field names in the parish

A map of Pirton fields in 1800 showing the strips field map1800 An excel Spreadsheet giving the names of the fields and furlongs open fields and a spreadsheet of the names of the enclosed land and cottages closes

The following photos of Rectory Farm where Pete worked show the old farmyard before it was converted to housing.

Rectory farmyard before it was sold by the Weedons                                                                           

Vera Davis recalled her memories of Rectory Farm, where she lived in the early twentieth century. “The fold had the carthorse stables in it, where the bullocks lived and some sows round the back. There was a long shed with mangers in it and at the end was the water pump – a great chain pump. We had two handles, one each side and two men pumped to turn the great wheel and fill the troughs in both yards. There was a pen beside that, where the bull lived. Further over was a second cow yard where the dairy herd were. This was a mixed farm. We had a dairy with about 18 cows and quite big flocks of sheep. The other side of the cow yard was the granary and the dovecote which was used as a hen house and then the cow sheds and calf pens. The great [tithe] barn stretched the full length of all these buildings. At the back were pig sties, with runs for the sows and baby pigs. In the yard behind were the weaner pigs and more little calf boxes. There was a great big pond outside by the dairy and the large drying ground for hops. Then right beyond this, was the rickyard with the implement sheds round it.”

                                                          inside the tithe barn

The Thrussells on Plum Pudding Hill with Knocking Hoe in the background

PirtonGrangewiththemoat                                                        Pirton Grange at Aspley Arch

Hanscombe Cottages Shillington Road where Ernie Elms lived.

Hanscombe Cottages Shillington Rd where Ernie Elms lived

This clunch pit was used for repairing the church tower and by farmers for cattle yard surfaces. Clunch is a type of chalk , which is known locally as hullock. In the 16C testators were leaving money to extract ullock to restore the church. The pit is on the Holwell Pirton boundary.

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