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Grove Farmhouse

Grove farm was also formerly known by the name of Langley Grove. When Francis Kilvert wrote his diary in the 1870s, the Lessiter family occupied the farm. Calling one day at the farmhouse, Kilvert mistook the servant who answered his knock 'with her mouth full of bread and butter' for one of the farmer's daughters. 'I shook hands with her and asked her how her aunt was. The girl coloured violently, looked confused and ran away calling “Missis!”.' 'The real daughters of the house were smartly dressed and playing croquet in the field behind the house.'

The Lessiter family association remains marked in the landscape with the name Lessiter's Plantation, which lies to the northwest of the farm.

The farmhouse is grade II listed and dates from the eighteenth century, although it likely has an earlier core.


Grove Farm,
Sutton Lane,
Langley Burrell


NGRef: ST 94534 76564
Historic England 1283380 

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