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Lower Peckingell Farmhouse

The names Lower and Upper Peckingell Farm date from the twentieth century. However, the name Peckingell has been associated with settlement here for over 1000 years when as Pegenhullis, it was mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon charter. The meaning of Peckingell is uncertain. The first element may come from the OE personal name pecg. The last part of the name is thought to derive from the OE hyll, hill. However, this does not match the local landscape.

In 1223, land that was later to become Lower Peckingell farm was likely to have been occupied by 'John the Miller'. Later, in 1517, while the property was in the possession of Glastonbury Abbey, it was tenanted by Thomas Stockeman. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Stockman family continued to occupy a house and land at Lower Peckingell until around 1575. At the time the Stockman family lived at the farm, the house built of rubble stone was already a century old. It had an open hall, initially with a hearth in the middle of the chamber, smoke from the fire rose to a vent in the roof. A brick chimney was added later. The roof itself was supported by massive trusses of curved timbers known as crucks. The house was considerably altered in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In the early 1870s, Lower Peckingell Farm (or Peckingell as it was then known) was a dairy farm of about 70 acres occupied by the Austin family. Francis Kilvert mentions the Austins of Peckingell in his diary recounting, on one occasion, how their dog, who could not endure thunder, had accidentally hung himself during a storm. On another occasion, in May 1874, Kilvert visited farmer Austin and recorded 'He and his wife told me things about the parish which drew aside the veil from my eyes and showed me in what an atmosphere and abyss of wickedness we are living and how little many people are to be trusted whom we thought respectable and good.' Exactly what Austin told Kilvert, he did not relate.


Lower Peckingell Farmhouse,


NGRef: ST 93661 74740
Historic England 1022356 

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